PLA at a glance
Philadelphia Legal Assistance is the only federally-funded provider of free legal assistance to low-income people in Philadelphia.
PLA serves Philadelphia residents who cannot afford an attorney -- those whose household income is less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g., $4,100 per month for a family of 4).
PLA's services range from simple advice and counsel to representation in complex litigation on behalf of individuals fighting to save their homes, their families and their livelihoods.
PLA leverages volunteers by supervising four law school clinical programs which focus on custody, food stamps, unemployment compensation and assistance to those fleeing domestic violence. PLA supports attorney volunteers by conducting intake for Philadelphia VIP and the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project.
PLA also serves the community by operating two Medical-Legal-Community Partnerships, the Save Your Home Philly Hotline, a Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, and by staffing the Family Court Help Center.
Clients come to PLA when they are experiencing a legal matter that impacts their ability to meet their basic human needs. Our legal services address:
- Mortgage foreclosure
- Real estate tax foreclosure
Family safety and stability
- Protection from abuse
- Child custody
- Social Security
- Unemployment Compensation
- Food Stamps
Demand for services
|Eligible client population||731,293|
|Unique visitors to PLA's web site in 2016||67,750|
|Unique callers to PLA's telephone intake in 2016||32,902|
|Calls to PLA's foreclosure help hotline in 2016||16,064|
Services provided in 2016
|Legal assistance cases completed||5,345|
|Domestic violence survivors||474|
|Sexual assault survivors||177|
|Family members of clients who also benefited from PLA's legal assistance||6,513|
Philadelphia residents served by PLA in 2016
PLA's funding in 2016
|Legal Services Corporation||$3.2 million||(69%)|
|HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program||$585,000||(13%)|
|Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and other federal sources||$357,437||(8%)|
|State, local, private sources||$509,396||(11%)|