Program Services Include:
MidPenn Legal Services services are free to eligible individuals in civil cases.
Consumer: Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Utility Termination
Housing: Eviction, Habitability, Mortgage Foreclosure, Tenant's Rights, Public Housing
Domestic Violence: MidPenn attorneys provide legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault/intimidation. All survivors seeking relief under the PFA/PSVI Acts consult with a staff attorney who advises and explains legal options and their various ramifications as well as the need for safety planning. We provide representation in the Court of Common Pleas in order to obtain a Protection from Abuse Order or a Protection from Sexual Assault/Intimidation Order.
Employment Law Project: MidPenn's Employment Law Project assist individuals in overcoming barriers to employment, obtaining unemployment compensation, preserving their existing jobs, and clearing up criminal records through expungements, sealing records and pardons so that they can gain employment.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic: MidPenn's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides free legal advice and representation to low-income taxpayers and taxpayers who speak English as a second language in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. The types of handled cases include: Innocent Spouse Relief, Injured Spouse Claims, Audits, Deficiency Notices, Earned Income Tax Credit Appeals, Identity Theft, Liens and Levies, and Employee/Independent Contract Disputes. The LITC also conducts educational programs on tax issues to social service agencies and Latino outreach organizations. Call 1-844-MPLS-TAX (844-675-7829) to contact the LITC.
Public Benefits Projects: MidPenn assists low-income individuals in matters involving public benefit programs so that they can provide for themselves and their families. MidPenn provides free representation in cases involving Unemployment Compensation, Medical Assistance, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (Food Stamps), Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Women Infants and Children (WIC).
SAFE (Safeguarding vulnerable populations Against Financial Exploitation): MidPenn’s project attorney provides legal representation, conducts education and outreach across our service area for low-income elderly and disabled individuals about Power Of Attorneys (POA). A POA is one of the most important documents a senior citizen or disabled person can have prepared to protect their financial wellbeing. This project is funded by a grant from the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account Board.
Legal Intervention for Victims and Empowerment: Through MidPenn's Legal Intervention for Victims and Empowerment (LIVE) project, funded by grants from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency we are able to offer additional free legal representation to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in protection orders, family law, housing and expungement. Currently, the LIVE project operates in Berks, Blair, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill and York Counties. In the Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster and York counties specialized services are available to elder victims of abuse and financial exploitation.