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September 2017
Birth Certificate Clinic at PECO/EXELON, September 12. 51 legal volunteers from 7 Corporations (Comcast, CHUBB, HP, Merck, PNC, Subaru and host PECO/Exelon) joined attorneys from Saul Ewing to process birth certificate requests for 92 homeless clients, preparing birth certificate applications for 64 adults and 28 children from PA and 9 other states. Thank you to HAP's dear friends at PECO/Exelon including Matt Gutt and Carmen Valentin for hosting this 17th "all hands" Birth Certificate Legal Clinic! View Photos.

April-May 2017
HAP's case against NYC concerning homeless Philadelphians born in NYC having access to their birth certificates:

Philly lawyers take on NYC and win for the homeless everywhere - Philly.com

NY, PA Lawyers Secure Settlement in Birth Certificate Pro Bono Case - The Legal Intelligencer

Homeless Advocacy Project Fights For Nationwide Benefits For NYC-Born - Press Release

HAP won its case in HAP v. NYC! A federal judge approved the settlement agreement in HAP's case against New York City enabling clients experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia to more easily access their New York City birth certificates. Bravo team HAP! Read the full Order.

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HAP's Annual Benefit April 5, 2018 Annual Benefit Learn More In 2016, HAP served 3,050 homeless clients at one of 134 legal clinics throughout Philadelphia. Become a Volunteer Information
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Legal Clinics

  • Wednesday, January 17
    10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Snyder House
    1425 Snyder Avenue
    SNYDER HOUSE RESIDENTS ONLY
    NO PA BIRTH CERTIFICATES
  • Wednesday, January 17
    6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (Formerly UCHC Clinic)
    23 South 38th Street
    NO PA BIRTH CERTIFICATES
  • Thursday, January 18
    6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Eliza Shirley House
    1320 Arch Street
    NO PA BIRTH CERTIFICATES
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