Program Services Include:
MidPenn Legal Services services are free to eligible individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Securing Economic Rights for Victims with Disabilities Program: Through MidPenn’s Securing Economic Rights for Victims with Disabilities Program (SERV’D),* MidPenn advocates on behalf of victims of crimes, including domestic violence survivors, who seek Social Security disability benefits for a disability related to the individual’s victimization and that prevents the individual from working.
For more information on the requirements to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, please visit www.ssa.gov.
SERV’D Program Eligibility Requirements:
1. Be a resident of Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Juniata or Mifflin counties.
2. Be a victim of a crime. A crime victim is an individual that has suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional harm as the result of a commission of a crime. Criminal charges need not have been filed for the individual to qualify as a victim.
A victim may be either a primary or a secondary victim. A primary victim is the individual against whom the crime was committed. A secondary victim is an individual who is impacted by the crime but did not experience the crime itself. Examples include a child exposed to domestic violence whose functioning has been severely impaired as a result and seeks Social Security disability for that reason.
3. Have applied for Social Security disability benefits and been denied. “Denied” means both 1) denied after receiving a denial letter from Social Security after applying at your local Social Security office or 2) denied after reconsideration review of your claim by the Bureau of Disability Determination within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
4. Disability prevents individual from working and must be related to the individual’s victimization.
To be screened for eligibility, please call toll-free at 800-326-9177 ext. 1503.
*This program is supported by a grant awarded by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (“PCCD”) through the federal Victims of Crime Act (Grant #28216). Points of view expressed in program materials do not necessarily represent the official position of PCCD.