AIDS Law Project1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA 19107
To provide free legal services to Pennsylvanians with HIV/AIDS and others affected by the epidemic; educate the public about HIV/AIDS-related legal issues; and work at local, state and national levels to achieve fair laws and policies.
Income guidelines: None; Geographic guidelines: PA Resident; Other Guidelines: anyone affected by HIV/AIDS needing legal information, advice, or representation
By Phone: M-F, 9:30 am – 1 pm. A staff member will conduct a thorough telephone interview. Do not e-mail legal questions; call directly. Attorneys are available for emergencies and homebound or hospitalized clients.
Confidentiality and medical record privacy; discrimination; access to health care; public benefits; private Insurance; wills; living wills; powers of attorney; family law; debt; immigration; and landlord-tenant management.
Family Program: Helps parents with HIV/AIDS make legally secure plans for the future care and/or custody of their children. Housing Advocacy: Outreach, education, advocacy and representation to ensure that people with HIV/AIDS who are facing eviction and imminent homelessness can maintain secure, affordable housing. Case Management Advocacy Training: Intensive 2 day training for HIV case managers using our comprehensive public benefits advocacy manual.
Educational Seminars: The AIDS Law Project conducts three seminars each month in Center City which are free and open to the public. 1) Leaving Your Job: People with HIV/AIDS thinking about leaving a job need specific information to transition. Issues discussed include applying for disability benefits, keeping insurance coverage after leaving a job, and the effect of an HIV diagnosis on an existing insurance policy. 2) Back to Work: New Drug therapies have dramatically improved the health of many living with HIV/AIDS. Many people are considering a return to the workplace, but fear losing their benefits, particularly the healthcare that made them feel well enough to work in the first place. Issues include attempting work while receiving social security benefits, keeping Medicaid and Medicare while working, and returning to public benefits in the event of poor health. 3) Debt Management: Poor health can ruin a person’s financial well-being. As people with HIV/AIDS are living longer, they find the debt incurred as a result of the illness has become an overwhelming problem. Constant harassment by debt collectors chips away at the strength necessary to fight HIV/AIDS. A poor credit history and unpaid debt may make it impossible to rent a better apartment, buy a home or otherwise move on with life. Seminar participants will be advised on the range of options for handling debt, including reviewing a credit report for accuracy, writing judgment proof letters, credit counseling services, and filing bankruptcy.
Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq.
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