Law firm for the poor outgrows its old space

Posted: January 29, 2013

COMMUNITY Legal Services is moving from its North Philadelphia office to new quarters at Broad and Erie this month.

The nonprofit law firm, which provides civil legal help for the poor, serves about 14,500 low-income city residents annually.

CLS said that its current offices were not up to par and lacked access for people with disabilities.

With financial backing from the state, city, donors and lenders, CLS was able to build an $8.5 million, 18,500-square-foot building on what had been a vacant lot at 1410 W. Erie Ave.

"It's important that we remain present in this neighborhood, the home of so many low-income and vulnerable Philadelphians who are the focus of our work," CLS executive director Catherine Carr said.

-Rebecca Borison

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