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#LeadFreePhilly

On June 13th, our extraordinary colleague and public health nurse, Erin Blair testified to Philadelphia City Council urging passage of laws to keep kids safe from lead poisoning. Joining Erin is Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership & Mabel Morris Home Visit Programs and HELP: MLP client, Kaitlyn, telling her story on why the Philly lead laws need to change now. Check out Erin and Kaitlyn’s powerful testimonies below! #leadfreephilly

We’re hiring!

HELP: MLP is seeking an experienced Managing Attorney for its Philadelphia office. Candidates should have: At least five years of legal experience, Pennsylvania bar admission (or ability to become licensed in PA), Experience in housing and/or public benefits law, and A demonstrated commitment to helping low-income families. A full job description is available here. Interested candidates should email their resumes and cover letters to datkins@helplmp.org.

Weighing in on the Proposed SNAP Time Limits

HELP: MLP recently submitted comments on a proposed rule that could lead to over 755,000 people losing critical food assistance benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP. This proposed rule would limit states’ flexibility related to the amount of time individuals can receive SNAP benefits. Able-bodied adults without dependents can only get SNAP for three months in three years if they do not meet certain special work requirements; however, currently, states can waive this harsh requirement. This proposed rule would limit states’ ability to waive the requirement… Read more Weighing in on the Proposed SNAP Time Limits

Five Myths Linked to Access to Justice

In October 2018, HELP: MLP evaluator, James Teufel, and HELP: MLP director, Daniel Atkins, along with other colleagues, co-authored Debunking Five Myths Linked to the Narrow Perspective of Access to Justice. The article, published in Management Information Exchange Journal, discusses the current evidence-based practice of law to debunk myths related to legal services for low-income populations. The five myths are: That we live in a litigious society; Access and affordability of civil justice; Inequities in procedural justice have a minimal impact on case outcomes; The population impact of legal representation is non-quantifiable;… Read more Five Myths Linked to Access to Justice