Birth certificates are often needed to receive medical assistance, housing and other public benefits, to obtain a Pennsylvania driver’s or nondriver’s license, for access to many public buildings, for general identification and for many other purposes. Unfortunately, individuals who become homeless due to domestic violence or other reasons do not always have access to these important documents. Since there is also a $20 fee for each birth certificate in Pennsylvania, getting new copies is challenging for low-income and homeless families.
To help alleviate these needs, The Homeless Advocacy Project is sponsoring a FREE Birth Certificate Legal Clinic for homeless individuals and families at PECO headquarters at 2301 Market Street from 9-10:30 am on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. For questions, please call HAP at 215.523.9595.
Homeless individuals who attend this free clinic will meet with an advocate who will request birth certificates for them and their minor children free of charge. More information and a flyer is available here.
For additional information, please contact Homeless Advocacy Project at 215-523-9595 or visit www.homelessadvocacyproject.org. Please direct all birth certificate questions to the Homeless Advocacy Project.
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