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Updated: Sep 4

While courts may be acting in a limited capacity, we know legal situations still abound and complicate other needs. We are not legal experts and will try to point you to the right people.

Community Legal Services verified September 2, 2020 A wide array of free legal services are available that range from employment to public benefits, housing, and consumer issues. They have offices in Center City and North Philadelphia and are available via phone during the pandemic (215-981-3700).


Housing

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure continued housing stability for its residents, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has implemented an eviction moratorium until March 15, 2021.


Tenants Philly verified August 26, 2020 For those in insecure housing situations or with housing related questions, call the Philly Tenants Hotline at hotline at 267-443-2500. They actively work to get lawyers to tenants.

Looking for more information on housing? Check out the Housing Section.


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.


The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has done an incredible job compiling a massive list of resources. We highly recommend reaching out to specific organizations when seeking assistance and asking for more information about their hours or changes to their services during the pandemic.


HAIS Pennsylvania verified on August 17, 2020 They provide legal services to low-income immigrants trying to navigate the legal system. To be included in their intake list, please call (215) 832-0900 on Wednesdays 9:30 am-12:00 pm or Thursdays 2:00 pm-4:30 pm. Services are targeted towards those who fall under their expertise. Services prioritize those most vulnerable (experiencing homelessness, etc.)and also target those in removal proceedings. If this service isn’t right, they have a list of affiliated legal services that might be more applicable. August Updates: General Intake is closed for the month of August, and will reopen on Monday, September 7th. Asylee Outreach Project (AOP) intake is closed until Tuesday, August 18th. Services are generally targeted to families and individuals who have an annual income of less than 187.5% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Esperanza verified on August 17, 2020 Esperanza works to empower and improve the lives oft hose on a pathway out of poverty through their various projects relating to education and legal services. Esperanza Housing Counseling – Limited services will be provided remotely. If you are in need of housing counseling services, you may reach them at home@esperanza.us. Esperanza Immigration Legal Services – Limited services will be provided remotely. If you are in need of immigration legal services, please call (347) 719-1402.



LGBTQIA+ Resources

Mazzoni Center Legal Resources verified on August 17, 2020 The Mazzoni Center provides legal resources for LGBTQIA+ people. 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. Contact first by email (legalservices@mazzonicenter.org) or phone (215-563-0657).

For additional legal resources, check out the Legal Section of the National COVID College Support Site.


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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COVID College Support was curated by Edquity and local student partners to help college students navigate emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Edquity is an application that supports college students through tough situations, from redirecting them to the right resources to providing emergency funds in times of need.

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