HAP’s Senior Staff Attorney Pat Malley and Director of Operations Tanya Rambert, with help from Dechert legal assistant Denise Neris, negotiated with the attorney for the Puerto Rico Department of Vital Records to obtain clarification of the application process to receive birth certificates from Puerto Rico. After months of HAP volunteers having their clients’ applications […]
HAP held its Annual Benefit on Thursday, April 4 at the Sofitel Philadelphia. We thank our sponsors, volunteers, board of directors, staff, in-kind donors, and Benefit attendees for making this year’s event a success. Please click here to see a list of our sponsors.
This year, HAP launched the Duffy KARE (Kensington, Advocacy, Representation and Empowerment) Project with funding from HAP Board Member, Tom Duffy. HAP held its first KARE legal clinic at the Kensington Storefront on Friday, February 1. Many thanks to Morgan Lewis who sent five new volunteer attorneys to […]
We look forward to working with our partners at Social Security and the Pennsylvania BDD (Bureau of Disability Determination) to expand the benefits of HAP’s successful SOAR Project to Philadelphia’s youth population–HAP attorneys Laura Kolb and Michele Levy are already on the ball. Laura attended SOAR’s nation-wide Leadership Academy last week in Washington, DC and […]
Due to the federal government shutdown, Pennsylvania is issuing February SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits early. Benefits that would normally be received in February, will be issued on Friday, January 18th, and these benefits will be available for use on Saturday, January 19th. This is not a bonus and people will not be receiving […]
SOAR services now available for children! SOAR Works! (PRAINC.) just published a new online course to provide SOAR training to child advocates. Laura Kolb, supervisor of HAP’s Children, Youth, and Families Project (CFP), served on an expert panel during the creation of this new curriculum. Stay tuned, as HAP and agency partners explore new opportunities […]
On November 14, volunteers from Comcast and Akin Gump met with 61 homeless clients, requesting Pennsylvania birth certificates for 51 adults and 10 children plus 10 additional birth certificates from other states at Project HOME’s Francis House of Peace.
On September 26, 37 volunteers from 11 corporations (AAA, Aetna, Boenning and Scattergood, Farmers Insurance, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Lincoln Financial, Merck, PECO/Exelon, PNC Bank, Subaru, and Wawa) and 2 law firms (Ballard Spahr and Blank Rome) assisted 58 homeless clients (54 adults and 4 children) with their birth certificates from 11 states, including PA at PECO’s […]
…”The cost of obtaining a birth certificate and ID is just unaffordable – but without it, people in poverty can’t access the things that could change their fortunes, like unemployment, social services, and subsidized housing.” See more in this column by Ronnie Polaneczky/phillynews.com.
It can take months to receive a birth certificate in Pennsylvania. But the pressure is on as state residents face a deadline to obtain official ID. In 2017, through legal clinics dedicated to helping with birth certificate applications, HAP applied for birth certificates for 700 homeless Philadelphians and for nearly 900 in 2016. Here’s the […]