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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.

August 2017
School Supplies for Eliza Shirley. A giant thank you to HAP's Adopt-A-Shelter partners at Eliza Shirley, a shelter for homeless families. On August 29, for the 6th consecutive year, HAP's Marsha Cohen joined HAP Board Member Nancy Smith (Lincoln Financial), Blank Rome and Reger Rizzo to stuff brand new school supplies into 33 back packs for the school aged children of Eliza Shirley House. Read More/View Photo.

The Philadelphia Bar Association and Athleta Run/Walk to benefit HAP. Thank you to those who participated in the Run/Walk August 24. This event was organized by the Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and hosted by Athleta at 1722 Walnut Street. We appreciate the participants' donations which benefit HAP! View Photo.

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 -

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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Legal Clinics

  • Monday, December 18
    6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Drueding Center
    413 W. Master Street
  • Tuesday, January 9
    10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Families Forward
    111 N. 49th Street
  • Wednesday, January 10
    10:00-11:00 a.m.
    Station House
    2601 N. Broad Street MEN ONLY
  • Thursday, January 11
    9:00-10:00 a.m.
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