PLA holds first "Community Conversations" Town Hall

Community Conversations


On March 11, 2021, Philadelphia Legal Assistance hosted our first installment of "Community Conversations" on Facebook Live. Community Conversations is a monthly town hall where community members can tune in and hear the most important updates of the month from PLA's advocates and other local leaders. 

This month, the speakers were Shalisa Brunson (Housing Unit), Julia Simon-Mishel (Unemployment Compensation), and Omeed Firouzi (Taxpayer Support Clinic). They spoke about important updates in their practice areas including mortgage assistance, the eviction diversion program, unemployment benefit programs and extensions, stimulus checks, and more. 

The speakers for next month have not been announced yet, but the event will be held on Facebook Live on April 8, 2021 at 11am

Julia and Omeed will also be going live on Facebook on March 16, 2021 at 11am to discuss the new COVID-19 Stimulus Package (the American Rescue Plan) and what it means for Pennsylvanians. 


If you tuned into this month's town hall and are looking for some of the resources mentioned, please see below:


Unemployment, Taxes, and the COVID-19 Stimulus Package 

Free Tax Preparation with Campaign for Working Families

More Information from PLA on the Recovery Rebate Credit

PLA's FAQ on Stimulus Money and Taxes 

Information of 1099G Tax Forms for Unemployment in PA

FAQ on Stimulus, Unemployment, and Tax Rebates from the New York Times

Expert Q&A about the Unemployment Provisions of the American Rescue Plan from the Century Foundation 

How the Bill Passed By Congress on March 11th Affects PUA from PLA 

How the Bill Passed By Congress on March 11th Affects Pennsylvania UC from PLA 

The American Rescue Plan: How the New Stimulus Bill Affects UC in PA (a video explainer from PLA)

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation: What to Do When Your Claim Year Ends (a video explainer from PLA)

Important COVID Relief Update: Stimulus Check FAQ from PLA


The Save Your Home Philly Hotline

How to Get Help With Your Mortgage during COVID-19

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program 

Additional Resources

Town Hall presentation and agenda 

How to Find Your Local Legal Aid Provider