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Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. (LCD)

1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-587-3158 (phone)
215-587-3166 (fax)
www.lcdphila.org
lpeyton@lcdphila.org
  • 215-587-3158
  • The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) empowers low-income people with disabilities and the deaf and hard of hearing in the Philadelphia region to achieve inclusion, independence, and justice by providing free, quality legal assistance to overcome legal obstacles that would otherwise affect their independence, health, or quality of life.
  • To be eligible for LCD’s services, a person must (1) have a disability, chronic illness, or be deaf or hard-of-hearing; (2) be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines; and (3) reside or have a legal matter in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery county. LCD does not handle criminal or personal injury matters.
  • Telephone intake is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Potential cases are screened for income eligibility and legal merit. Clients whose cases qualify for LCD assistance are represented by legal clinic attorneys or referred to volunteer attorneys and paralegals who represent them on a pro bono basis.
  • Legal advice and representation for people with disabilities in the following areas: Consumer Protection; Advanced Planning Documents; Family Law; Housing; and Benefits.
  • LCD connects with clients through a combination of outreach and open-access programs:

    The Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Initiative is LCD’s primary service delivery model and integrates legal services into healthcare settings in hospitals and health centers in the operation of four Medical-Legal Partnerships across seven sites in Philadelphia to promote improved health outcomes for low-income people with disabilities. LCD works with healthcare teams to proactively identify and resolve health-harming legal issues before they become a crisis.

    The Housing and Habitability Initiative seeks to enforce the legal obligations of landlords when neglect, non-compliance, or abuse are in evidence; the Initiative also provides eviction defense in collaboration with the city-funded Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project (PEPP). Clients are referred to LCD via PEPP partners or via a dedicated landlord/tenant intake telephone line.

    Community Legal Outreach Clinics are offered in community settings where people with disabilities live or receive services, such as Associated Services for the Blind and Inglis House.

    General telephone intake is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Linda Peyton, Esquire
  • Theresa Brabson, Esquire
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