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Equity, Opportunity, Hope: 25 Years of Advancing the Pillars of Justice



Mission: enforcing and protecting the right of individuals and families by providing accessible, creative, and high-quality legal assistance and working collaboratively for systemic change.


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Executive Director, Anita Santos-Singh

Message from the Executive Director

For 25 years, PLA has strived to advance the pillars of justice to build a more equitable society where everyone is able to provide for their basic human needs, live safe and healthy lives, and where justice is attainable regardless of income.

Since 1996, PLA has provided free legal aid to 100,000+ people including...

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as well as...

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2021: Building Equity for Side Yard Caretakers

In 2021 PLA welcomed an Independence Fellow, Andria Bibiloni, to our Consumer Housing Unit to assist predominantly Latinx homeowners in North Philadelphia gain titles to home-adjacent vacant properties.

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2021: PLA Staff Are Leaders in the Field

Julia Simon-Mishel received the National Legal Aid & Defender Association New Leaders in Advocacy Award. is shown on a computer screen

2021: Innovators in Technology

In 2021, the Unemployment Compensation Unit launched a statewide website,, to provide up-to-date information about unemployment programs to claimants and potential claimants. Since its launch the site has had more than 10,000 visitors. 

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2021 Client Stories: Serving Those Who Served

Ken, a recent military veteran, was having difficulty adjusting to civilian life: balancing a budget, managing his finances, and building community. PLA was there to help!

A woman stares down a long an empty road

2021 Client Stories: Supporting Immigrant Survivors of Violence

PLA sticks with our clients. For five years Jediael's has been stuck in litigation, and PLA was there every step of the way. 

Pictures of PLA staff from over the years

Board of Directors

2021 Financials

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Independence Foundation Celebrates PLA's Anniversary With Challenge Grant!

The Independence Foundation has awarded PLA a challenge grant to raise $50,000 through new or increased individual donations for our 25th anniversary. Help us achieve this goal and the Independence Foundation will match each gift dollar for dollar. 

Thank you to all of our funders, donors, staff, volunteers, and community partners for supporting our critical efforts to enforce and protect the rights of Philadelphia’s low-income population for the last 25 years.

We couldn't do it without you. 


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