Laurel Legal Services is still available to help.

We will be following guidelines to ensure the safety of our clients and staff and we have enacted some new protocols that will take effect until further notice.
We ask that everyone remain patient and understanding as we all try to navigate this new way of providing our services.

We are NOT accepting walk-ins at this time.
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COVID-19 Resources from PALawHelp.org 

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Below is information from various sources compiled by Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network regarding the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

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Overview of the National Eviction Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took unprecedented action on September 1 by issuing a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Citing the historic threat to public health posed by coronavirus, the CDC declared that an eviction moratorium would help ensure people are able to practice social distancing and comply with stay-at-home orders. The moratorium takes effect September 4 and last until December 31, covering tens of millions of renters at risk of eviction.
Get the facts here.

FRAUD ALERT: USDA Warns of Text Message Scam Targeting SNAP Recipients

 

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2020 – USDA issued the following notice today to protect SNAP participants, after receiving reports of several possible SNAP Fraud attempts:

Be aware of a scam using texting to obtain your personal information.  The text might say you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP.  If you do not know if a request for information about SNAP is real or not, contact your local SNAP office. 

Never share personal information with individuals or organizations that you do not know.  Personal information includes your social security number, bank information, or SNAP electronic benefits transfer card or PIN number.

If you think the text is a scam, do not reply at all.  Just delete. 

If SNAP participants are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, USDA advises they contact their local SNAP office.  If they do not know their local SNAP office, participants should contact their state agency. State contact information is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory.

To stay on top of potential scams, please visit USDA’s SNAP scam alert webpage at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/scam-alerts.

If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department regarding procedures for filing a report.  You may also file a consumer complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://www.ftc.gov.  FTC is the federal agency responsible for protecting consumers from identity theft scams.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.

Where to reach Pennsylvania government services while practicing social distancing:

🧑‍💻 File for unemployment compensation: bit.ly/3a2qARW
🏠 Report eviction: on.pa.gov/AGcomplaint
👤 Talk mental health: Text PA to 741-741
👨‍⚕️ Apply for Medicaid: on.pa.gov/compass
🍎 Apply for SNAP: on.pa.gov/compass
👶 Apply for WIC: Call 1-800-942-9467
🏡 Get help with home heating: on.pa.gov/LIHEAP
📬 Sign up to vote by mail ballot: VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot
💲 Report price gouging: on.pa.gov/price-gouging
📑 Get answers to tax questions: revenue-pa.custhelp.com
💳 Credit/mortgage/rent advice: on.pa.gov/2Jb8UYp
🏫 Learn about school closures: education.pa.gov/COVID19
🚙 Access driver services: dmv.pa.gov/online-services
🧑‍💼 Connect with professional license services: www.pals.pa.gov
⚠️ Receive health/safety text alerts: on.pa.gov/AlertPA
⚖️ For Pennsylvania civil legal services by county, visit https://palegalaid.net/