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September 17, 2020

The City of Philadelphia has made a significant change to the amount of rental assistance funding that is available for Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Now, RENT CAN BE PAID UP TO $1500.00!

"Our goal throughout the pandemic has been – and continues to be – to keep people in their homes." said Mayor Jim Kenney. "Whether it’s through our rental assistance program, COVID emergency housing sites, or our...

September 15, 2020

Prison Policy Initiative: Wanda Bertram - September 2, 2020

The very same obstacles that make it hard for people released from prison to succeed — homelessness, a lack of transportation, barriers to healthcare, and more — also make it harder to stay safe from the coronavirus. At this moment, where it is well established that depopulating prisons and jails is critical for health and safety on both sides of the walls, it is criti...

September 14, 2020

Generocity: Michael Butler & Alyssa Biederman - September 11, 2020

As the job-killing COVID-19 pandemic rages, accessing unemployment benefits in recent months has been a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians — as well as a headache.

While it had initially had its issues — including overloaded helplines — the state’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) application gave gig workers and f...

September 14, 2020

Date: October 7th, 10am - 11:30am

In 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons completely revamped their application process for both pardons and commutations. The process is entirely free, the application is only four pages long, and vastly underutilized by people in Philadelphia.

Join PRC for a training on the PA Application for Pardons and Commutations led by Tobey Oxholm of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Tobey will...

September 8, 2020

Billy Penn: Layla A Jones - September 6, 2020

A weekly $300 boost for some Pennsylvanians collecting unemployment because of COVID-related issues will begin as soon as Sept. 14, according to the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry.

The extra funds are a stop-gap replacement for the expired $600 CARES Act assistance benefits. Called Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), the new $44 billion program is funded by FEMA, with $1.5 billion goi...

September 3, 2020

CNN: Eric Levenson - September 2, 2020

Impact Report: COVID-19 and Jails - National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons - The Marshall Project

The Covid-19 infection and mortality rates are significantly higher in prisons than in the general population, though the severity differs widely among states, a new study found.

In addition, fewer people are being held in jails since...

September 1, 2020

PLSE: Pardons and Public Safety - August 2020

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) announced the results of the ten-year examination it has conducted into whether applicants for pardon, successful and not, go on to commit crimes that raise public safety concerns.  The study, Pardons and Public Safety: Examining A Decade of Recidivism Data in Pennsylvania, covered the 3,037 pardon applications that had been filed in Pen...

August 25, 2020

Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative connects organizations, employers and community job seekers. This system has the ability to prepare and refer participants to paid training programs. This workshops series will introduce you to resources, available training, online learning and employment opportunities. The NOW workshops prepares community job seekers with skills and information necessary to effectively meet the...

August 25, 2020

This Monday, Urban Creators launched their new website, as well as a series of resource lists for individuals, families, educators, and activists. Urban Creators is a platform for radical and collaborative imagination. Since 2010 they have used food, art, and education as tools to nurture resilience and self-determination in our neighborhood. Now, they are supporting the emergence of a new generation of Urban Creators by coope...

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