ACHA Section 8 Waiting List to open

The Allegheny County Housing Authority will be opening its Section 8 waiting list, and accepting applications from 8:00 am on May 1st through 4:00 pm on May 8th.  Applications must be submitted on-line through ACHA’s website at www.achsng.com.

PA Bar Association Honors Carol Mills McCarthy With Pro Bono Advocacy Award

Former NLSA Board President Carol Mills McCarthy was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with the Jeffery A. Enrico Award for her extensive pro bono advocacy work.

Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership’s Real Estate Project

NLSA is now making referrals to the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership’s Real Estate Project for clients who need to have a deed transferred to their names from the name of a deceased relative in order to obtain financial assistance or to negotiate with a mortgage company or taxing body. To determine your eligibility for this program, call our intake number at 412-255-6700.

NLSA Staff Attorney Mark Krochka & NLSA Board Member Rochelle Jackson honored by the PA Legal Aid Network


The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) honored the recipients of the 2016 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards on March 15, 2016 at the annual awards dinner held at the Hilton Harrisburg. NLSA Staff Attorney Mark Krochka and NLSA Board Member Rochelle Jackson were presented with the PLAN Excellence Award along with 6 others honorees from across the Commonwealth.

The PLAN Excellence Awards are presented each year to individuals, groups, and/or organizations that have established excellence and diligence improving the availability and quality of civil legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania. The of award recipients includes a variety of civil legal aid professionals and friends of civil legal aid across Pennsylvania who were recognized for their efforts in support of the clients served by the civil legal programs of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.

A video tribute was shown highlighting Mark’s accomplishments is available here.


A video tribute was shown highlighting Rochelle’s accomplishments is available here.


NLSA Staff Attorney Nikki Christopher of our New Castle office received the “Making a Difference Domestic Violence Award” from the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County

Ms. Christopher was presented the award on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Lawrence County Domestic Violence Awareness Rally. This was the first year that awards were presented. Congratulations to Ms. Christopher and a big thanks for all the work that she does for clients who are experiencing domestic violence.

NLSA welcomed Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship recipient Morgan Jenkins as its newest staff attorney at the end of October 2015.

Ms. Jenkins will be focusing on legal issues impacting Veterans including housing, employment, and consumer. Her family have a long history of military service – her father served over 25 years in the Army, her three uncles served in the Army during the Vietnam War, and her grandfather served in the Army during the Korean War. She is a former NLSA summer intern where she handled landlord-tenant cases. She also worked for the Pitt Family Law Clinic, interned with Judges Clark and Hens-Greco, and clerked for Judge Mulligan.

NLSA works closely with the Veteran’s Leadership Program, Operation StrongVet, and PAServes, as well the Veteran’s Practicum at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Veteran’s Clinic of the Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership.

NLSA Executive Director Robert V. Racunas, Esquire, recognized by the Josh Gibson Foundation

Mr. Racunas was honored for his long-time work in providing legal services to low-income clients in Southwestern Pennsylvania as head of NLSA as well as for his involvement in the greater legal community.

Teaming up to help Pittsburgh-area tenants in public housing eviction cases

NLSA Staff Attorney Daniel Vitek and former NLSA Attorney and current Reed Smith Associate Jerry Dickinson join forces to assist tenants facing eviction from public housing.

Commonwealth Court issues opinion giving public housing applicants the right to appeal their denials to court

NLSA Staff Attorney Eileen Yacknin successfully argued in Commonwealth Court that an applicant to a public housing authority has the right to a judicial review of an application denial, thus overturning the Court’s prior decision in the Cope and McKinley cases. A decision by a housing authority after an administrative grievance hearing to deny an applicant public housing benefits is a adjudication under Administrative Agency Law and therefore subject to appellant review in the court of common pleas. The full text of the opinion can be read on the Pennsylvania Courts’ website.