Posted by Lori A. Molloy, Esq. on December 28, 2018
Good news for Pro Bono volunteers, who can now earn some CLE credits while doing good work. NPLS has become an Accredited Provider for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s new Pro Bono Pilot Project. The program officially began January 1, 2019. Volunteer attorneys who handle pro bono cases through NPLS’ project can be eligible for 1 CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono work performed.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, is now open for applications. LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Crisis grants also are for households in immediate danger of being without heat. With cash grants, a one-time payment is sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider, and will be credited on your bill.
On November 27, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance, including a three-month moratorium on FHA-Insured mortgages, has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement Commonwealth, and eligible tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding on August 10 to August 15, 2018.
The first phase of Pennsylvania's “clean slate” law that seals lower-level, nonviolent crimes from public review has gone into effect as of Wednesday, December 26. This means that people can now petition for certain misdemeanors, such as simple assault, intoxicated driving and theft, to be sealed.
Congratulations to all the recognized attorneys from the Middle District, and especially to NPLS attorneys James A. Butz, John A. Byrd, Jennifer L. Heverly, Paige J. Martineau, and Jan Rumsey, who have dedicated their time and talent to providing pro bono services to low-income clients. You give meaning to “access to justice for all.” Thank you!