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Tax Day is April 15th … usually. But this year, that deadline has been extended until May 17, 2021. If you or your clients do not normally file tax returns because they are not required to due to limited earnings, this may be the year to do so! This is so important to show that you are eligible to receive the federal stimulus payments and expanded child tax credits signed into law on March 11, 2021, as part of the American Rescue Plan.


Consumer and Employment

Seminar on assisting with preventing Pennsylvania Utility terminations presented as a collaboration between North Penn Legal Services and the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project. Elizabeth Marx and John Sweet of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project as presenters.

A pardon is an order by the Governor which relieves one or all legal consequences of a conviction and restores the individual to a position as if they had never been convicted. This means a criminal record should no longer stand in the way of applying for a job, apartment, loan, or anything else one might need. Some people characterize a pardon as an act of forgiveness by the Governor. A Fast Track Pardon process is also available for non-violent marijuana convictions.


Home Ownership & Housing

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Moratorium on residential evictions now is extended to July 31, 2021.

Rachel Wentworth, Executive Director of the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania, will review common fair housing violations based on race, national origin, and familial status. She will discuss how testing is used to investigate claims of discrimination, primarily in these protected classes. This session will also focus on current HUD guidance and enforcement, including updates on how the disparate impact standards and the federal mandate to affirmatively further fair housing will be implemented moving forward.

Adrian Shanker, Founder and Executive Director of Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will review the current housing rights of LGBT people in Pennsylvania and some of the more common sources and types of discrimination experienced by this community. He will detail what protections are still needed at the state and national levels to ensure equal access to housing regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression, and provide an advocacy roadmap for how to get there.

NPLS Attorney Sarah Andrew and Paralegal Mary Beth Saporita reviewed landlord-tenant law, including COVID-related updates, and provide da general overview of Fair Housing law and policy in Pennsylvania. Tenants’ rights included are the leasing and eviction process from start to finish, how to properly ask for needed repairs in a rental unit, and how to get a security deposit returned after vacating a rental unit. Fair Housing issues included are a review of the protected classes in federal, state and local law, types of discrimination, and fair housing enforcement procedures


Social Security & Public Benefits

Important tips to know about Social Security Disability in the time of Covid-19.

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