Neighborhood Legal Services may have closed its physical doors to the public, but our intake unit is open remotely for business! We are again accepting new cases via online intake and via phone at 1(866) 761-6572. Please note that it may take several business days for our staff to return calls as they are working remotely.
If you are already an NLS client, please contact your lawyer directly.
This is a very fluid situation so please check back for updated information.
Covid-19 Information and Resources
- Be aware of COVID-19 Fraud Schemes
- Allegheny County Court of Commons Pleas President Judge Kim Clark issued a judicial emergency order on March 16, 2020, and a subsequent order on March 22, 2020. Of note to our clients: in the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, housing court motions are limited to emergency motions; all landlord/tenant arbitrations will be rescheduled; the Family Law Center is closed to the public and temporary PFAs are being issued from the Municipal Court, 660 First Avenue; and all Allegheny County Magisterial District Court cases are postponed and all Orders for Eviction or Possession are stayed (stopped for now).
- Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Christine Ward issued two emergency judicial orders: the sheriff shall not execute any Writs of Possession effective immediately through April 14, 2020, and all sheriff sales scheduled for April 6th are postponed to the June 1st sale date.
- Lawrence County Magisterial District Court cases are proceeding as usual.
- Butler County Court of Common Pleas has canceled Credit Conciliation Court and will reschedule at a later date. All Custody and Child Support Conferences through April 9th are canceled. PFAs can still be filed at the DRS office and PFA Court will be held as scheduled.
- For more County and State Judicial Orders – http://www.pacourts.us/ujs-coronavirus-information
- If you are out of work or are losing hours because of the current public health crisis, you may qualify for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation benefits. Apply online at www.uc.pa.gov or call the statewide number 1-888-313-7284.
- All County Assistance Offices are closed to the public at this time. Applications, renewals, and other documents can still be submitted the following ways: COMPASS (www.compass.state.ps.us) or the myCOMPASS mobile app; US mail to the applicable office address; put items in the CAO dropbox (if there is one); or call 1-866-550-4355 to complete a Medical Assistance application via phone. EBT cards can be obtained by calling 888-328-7366. If you have questions or information to report about your case record, please call the Statewide Customer Service Center at 1-877-395-8930.
- All local Social Security Administration offices are closed to the public.
- The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh suspended all evictions except for those with serious public safety implications. – https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases.html?id=3734
- Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light, and Peoples Gas have suspended service shut-offs until at least May 1. – https://pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases.html?id=3734
- The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority extended its shut-off moratorium until May 31 and waived income qualification criteria. – https://www.pgh2o.com/news-events/news/press-release/2020-03-13-pwsa-extends-expands-shut-moratorium-response-covid-19
- Pennsylvania American Water has also ceased shut-offs – “In an effort to keep our customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania American Water will be placing a moratorium and discontinuing service shut-offs at this time. We will continue to evaluate this moratorium as more information becomes available. Additionally, Pennsylvania American Water will begin the restoration of service to previously shut-off customers. The restoration may take some time, but we will work as quickly and safely as possible. If your service has been turned off, prior to March 12, 2020, we will restart your service.” – https://amwater.com/paaw/
- Wilkinsburg Penn Joint Water Authority – has enacted a self-imposed moratorium on shutting off customer water service starting Monday, March, 16th 2020.
- The PA Public Utility Commission has signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication, and steam utility terminations. The moratorium will remain in place for as long as the disaster proclamation issued by Gov. Tom Wolf related to the coronavirus is in effect. – http://www.puc.pa.gov/about_puc/press_releases.aspx?ShowPR=4326
- Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s Covid-19 Resource page – https://palegalaid.net/coronavirus-covid-19-information
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/coronavirus/