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Applications are now being accepted for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Applications are now being accepted for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP Now Open for 2012-2013 LIHEAP, The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of … click for more

Did you have a bad voting surprise?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
The City Commissioners, who run Philadelphia’s elections, said that they would look into the matter of voters who believed they were registered to vote, but were forced to vote by provisional ballot because their names were not in the poll books, and make the report public. You can help the Commissioners find out what happened. If you voted provisionally because your name was not in th… click for more

SeniorLAW Center’s Larry Felzer selected to receive GALLOP leadership award!

Monday, November 5th, 2012
SeniorLAW Center’s Director of Development and Finance Lawrence S. Felzer is being honored with the prestigious Michael Greenberg Community Service Award by GALLOP, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia, recognizing an attorney for outstanding leadership, activism and advocacy.  This award is given annually in memory of one of the founders of Philadelphia Attorneys for Human Rights (PAHR), th… click for more

Voter ID is NOT required to Vote on November 6th

Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Important Election Day and Voter ID Reminders from SeniorLAW Center November 2012 Photo ID is NOT Required to vote on November 6th! Your vote is your voice. The election for President and Vice President, U.S. Senator and Representative, and State Senator an… click for more

Absentee ballot deadline extended in Pennsylvania as state recovers from massive storm

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy forcing several county courthouses to close, Gov. Tom Corbett has extended the deadline to request an absentee ballot by two days, to Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. The deadline to return a voted absentee ballot HAS NOT been extended. These ballots are due Friday, Nov. 2. SeniorLAW Center strongly encourages all senior voters are ill or disabled and qualif… click for more

Social Security Benefits will increase 1.7% in 2013

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2012. online wr… click for more

SeniorLAW Center and PA Voter ID Coalition celebrate decision which allows all eligible voters to vote without Photo ID in the November election!

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer on October 3rd, SeniorLAW Center and the PA Voter Coalition continue our work to educate and protect the rights of voters, following the decision of the Commonweath Court to delay enforcement of the Voter ID law until after the November election. academic writing SeniorLAW Center is a proud member of the PA Voter Coalition (formerly the PA Voter ID… click for more

Urgent news: Photo ID Will Not be Required to Vote on November 6th!!!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson granted a partial injunction on October 2, 2012, ruling that Photo ID will not be required of Pennsylvania voters in the upcoming General Election on November 6th, 2012. Click here for the full opinion Voters will still be asked for ID but be very clear: photo ID will not be required to vote in the voting booths in November. Please he… click for more


Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
On September 18, 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by a 4-2 vote vacated the order of the Commonwealth Court in the Voter ID Applewhite litigation. The Supreme Court remanded the case back to Commonwealth Court for an assessment of 1) whether the state’s efforts in issuing alternate ID cards comport with the requirement of “liberal access,” and 2) in its predictive judgment, whether ther… click for more

SeniorLAW Center and AARP filed an amicus brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Voter ID litigation on August 30th, 2012, on behalf of ten national, statewide and local aging organizations, underscoring the impact of the Voter ID law on the rights of older Pennsylvanians to vote

Monday, September 10th, 2012
As Appellant Bea Bookler testified in the Commonwealth Court hearing below about complying with Act 18's photo ID requirements, for many seniors, "It's too hard."  The Commonwealth Court essentially agreed, recognizing that "the elderly and infirm who have difficulty traveling" face a "heavier burden" to comply with Act 18.  The result of Act 18 is that for most elderly voters without pho… click for more
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