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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.