VA Fully Implements New Appeals Law

On February 19th of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act (AMA), which was passed by Congress in 2017. Over the last year, the VA offered some veterans the option of participating in a pilot program that greatly resembled the new program. Now that the new […]

By |2019-04-11T08:20:51-04:00April 11th, 2019|Blog|

HAP and PECO/Exelon Host a Birth Certificate Clinic

On March 13, 2019, 53 volunteers from the corporate legal departments of PECO/Exelon, Comcast, Farmers Insurance, and Merck; and the law firm Morgan Lewis, assisted 99 homeless clients (75 adults and 24 children) in applying for their birth certificates from Pennsylvania and 7 other states. Thank you to PECO/Exelon and team pro bono leaders Jennedy […]

By |2019-03-14T12:38:31-04:00March 14th, 2019|Blog|

1st HAP KARE Clinic a Success

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 […]

By |2019-02-05T10:41:21-04:00February 5th, 2019|Blog, HAPpenings|

HAP Homeless Client Receives Favorable Decision

“We face a lot of challenges in our country and our world, which can seem overwhelming. But there are individuals in our community, here in Philadelphia, that are struggling and can really use a helping hand navigating the legal system. As lawyers, we have the privilege of being able to help.”– HAP volunteer Luke Repici, […]

By |2019-01-31T15:31:24-04:00January 31st, 2019|Blog|

SOAR is Adding a Child Curriculum!

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 […]

By |2019-01-17T17:48:25-04:00January 17th, 2019|Blog, HAPpenings|

February SNAP Benefits

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 […]

By |2019-01-17T17:46:05-04:00January 17th, 2019|Blog, HAPpenings|

Department of Defense Legal Memos Addressing Mental Health and Discharge Upgrades

Hagel and Kurta Memos

Recently the Department of Defense (DOD) implemented rules to provide guidance to Discharge Review Boards (DRB) and Boards of Corrections of Military Records (BCMR) when addressing discharge upgrades for veterans who suffered with mental health issues while in the service.

These DOD Memos were put into effect to address the overwhelming number of […]

By |2018-12-18T10:31:41-04:00December 18th, 2018|Blog, Veterans Blog|

SOAR Services Now Available for Children!

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 […]

By |2018-11-19T12:55:52-04:00November 19th, 2018|HAPpenings|