On October 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin implementing new regulations published in the Federal Register (83 FR 47246) that determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits. The VA Pension is a needs-based benefit paid by the VA to low-income veterans and their families who served during wartime. For veterans who are […]
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 […]
Innovative Tool Leads to Record Number of Decisions
When a veteran is first denied VA benefits he/she is entitled to appeal part or all of the decision. Generally, the VA Regional Office takes at least 1 to 2 years to review the appeal and make a decision on whether the entire appeal or part of it […]
…”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 […]
On August 21, 2018, HAP’s Executive Director Marsha Cohen (center) joined Kelly O’Malley (left) of Reger Rizzo & Darnall and Krystal Kane (right) of Blank Rome in stuffing 15 new backpacks with school supplies for the children living at Eliza Shirley House. Lincoln Financial, Reger Rizzo, and […]
Harrison Lee, an attorney at Comcast, shares a his experience as a HAP volunteer in the August 2018 edition of the Bar Reporter. Click here to read the article.
On July 26, 30 legal volunteers from Morgan Lewis and Comcast Cable conducted a birth certificate legal clinic for 112 homeless clients, including 81 adults and 31 children at Morgan’s headquarters on Market Street.
HAP Executive Director Marsha Cohen took a walk down Walnut Street with FOX 29’s Mike Jerrick to discuss street homelessness in Philadelphia. See video.