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  • Dana DeLapi

Legal Needs

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

While courts may be acting in a limited capacity, we know legal situations still abound and complicate other needs. While we are not legal experts, we’ve collected the following information to point you to the right people.

Access local legal resources

Pennsylvania Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service Offers referrals to initial legal aid consultations with private attorneys at a low-rate. 215-238-6333 1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

BenePhilly Offers support and guidance with social service applications and legal assistance at various local organizations. 2761 North 22nd St. (mobile unit) 833-373-5668

Broad Street Ministry Offers to-go lunches, support for SNAP benefits, and additional social service assistance for housing (mail service), legal assistance, and healthcare. 315 S. Broad St. Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Community Legal Services Offers array of free legal services to Philadelphia residents who rent from private landlords, reside in public housing units, or are facing public utility issues. New clients are only being accepted by phone to the Center City office. Center City Office (1424 Chestnut St.) 215-981-3700 North Philadelphia Office (1410 W. Erie Ave.) 215-227-2400

Pennsylvania Health Law Project PHLP provides free legal services to low-income consumers, seniors, and persons with disabilities who are having trouble accessing publicly funded healthcare coverage or services. If you are denied or terminated from enrollment in a publicly funded healthcare programs or if you have a service denied, reduced, or terminated, PHLP may provide you free direct representation on your appeal. Call their helpline at 800-274-3258 or contact them by email at

Access Help for Undocumented Students

Being undocumented in America is hard on a normal day. Questions about access to healthcare and federal relief are important and challenging to answer. Learn about resources available to address the unique challenges of immigration status and COVID-19 concerns through the following organizations:

If you are a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student, consider renewing or submitting an application immediately. Organizations like the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), offer a Know Your Rights guide with resources on housing, immigration concerns, employment, healthcare, and other general concerns that affect this group.

For undocumented students and their families, you can research how to locate and access resettlement resources.

Access local resources for undocumented students

Esperanza Offers a pathway to strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, advocacy, and BenePhilly program benefits. 4261 North 5th St. 215-324-0746 Esperanza Housing Counseling 215-324-0746 Esperanza Immigration Legal Services 347-719-1402 Learn more about local resources lifted by Esperanza here.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Pennsylvania Offers legal services to low-income and at-risk immigrants and refugees trying to navigate the legal system, including removal proceedings, pending eligibility criteria. Call 215-832-0900 to be added to the intake list. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday: 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. If you already have asylum, call or text 833-344 2772.

Additional legal services can be found here.

Still in need of help? Check out the other sections of the Philadelphia Local Guide.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

Mazzoni Center Offers care to meet the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and has served the Philadelphia region for 40 years. They also provide gender affirming medical care to transgender people, STI and HIV testing, and prescribing PrEP and PEP. Here is a list of their resources and how they have adapted to COVID-19. The center accepts some insurances and uses sliding scale payments for those who are uninsured. 1348 Bainbridge St. Main: 215-563-0652 Medical: 215-563-0658

Additional assistance for the LGBTQIA+ community is available through the LGBT National Hotline at 888-843-4564 and the LGBT National Youth Talkline at 800-246-7743 (serving youth through age 25).

Still in need of help? Check out the other sections of the Philadelphia Local Guide.

Please note: Edquity does not endorse nor is Edquity associated with any business, organization, product or service that is mentioned in these Guides. Edquity is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the information provided, which may change over time. We encourage you to contact the business or organization listed to receive the most up-to-date information.


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