Justice Update


#JusticeUpdate

At the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, we believe “AIDS is hard enough, justice shouldn’t be.” Every day we work to secure justice for our clients.

Justice Benefited

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of our popular Public Benefits and HIV Advocacy Manual is updated and available. For more than 20 years, the AIDS Law Project has used the manual to present biannual public benefits and HIV advocacy training for medical case managers. It’s a definitive resource for people living…

Justice Inspected: Finding Safety from a Storm

The 52-year-old man has lived almost half his life with HIV and was now on the verge of becoming homeless in the middle of the COVID pandemic.He had been living in a shelter for six months, but he had reached his time limit and was told he had to leave.He had been on a waiting…

Justice Pandemic’ed: Even the High Court Delivers

As an organization that fights for justice every day, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania celebrates it wherever we see it prevail. Our quest for justice rings particularly true on the Fourth of July.Unexpectedly, the U.S. Supreme Court has given us three reasons to celebrate in recent weeks.In a June 15 ruling, the court extended…

Justice Update: A time for introspection — and action

During these days of pain and outrage, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania remains committed to continuing to provide free legal services to people living with HIV and to other vulnerable communities, as we have for 32 years.This is a time for introspection, and also for action. So our hands-on law firm is adding tangible…

Justice Redesigned: AIDS Law Project website gets a facelift

We are proud to announce that our new website www.aidslawpa.org is up. We’ve added substantive information and resources on our practice areas, enhanced the navigation and posted our publications for free download.Check it out, share the love and let us know what you think.With thanks and appreciation to our friends at YIKES, Inc. for making…

Justice Returned: Balancing the Scales

When you receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, a small change in income can throw your entire benefit amount in jeopardy – even if it clearly shouldn’t. Our client is a forty-year-old man working in non-profits, who came to us after the SSA improperly counted a severance payment from a previous employer as income….

Justice Moved: Helping Clients Get Settled

Our 28-year-old client had no income, and had fallen behind on his rent. He believed he was eligible for Social Security disability benefits and was financially struggling while the Social Security Administration processed his claim. By the time he sought our help, his landlord had filed a lawsuit seeking over $12,000 in unpaid rent and…

Justice Delivered: Neither Snow, Nor Heat, Nor DOC Regulations Stops Hearts on a Wire Newsletters

We believe in the Postman’s Creed of tireless service without interruption. So much so that we once again offered our assistance when the local group Hearts on a Wire was having difficulties with their newsletters. Getting mail to incarcerated recipients is always challenging, but state policy changes made it especially difficult for Hearts on a…

Justice Thrifted: Philly AIDS Thrift Distributes $298,000 from selling donated goods

Last night, Philly AIDS Thrift, surrounded by beneficiary organizations, friends and admirers, distributed 26 checks to help the fight against HIV and AIDS. Since opening in 2005, Philly AIDS Thrift has raised and distributed over two and a half million dollars from used clothes and books. This year’s round of special grants comes to nearly…

Justice CDR’ed: Proposed SSA Rules Puts Disabled People Living with HIV At Risk

The Social Security Administration has proposed new rules requiring people receiving Social Security disability benefits (such as SSDI or SSI) to undergo more frequent Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs). People who show medical improvement in their ability to work during a CDR risk termination of their benefits. These proposed rules have been presented without convincing evidence…