Transforming the capacity and operation of Philadelphia’s civil legal aid system.

Based on years of collaborative planning, the EJC is a pioneering concept, another Philadelphia first, that will affect how combined civil legal aid and social services are delivered. This unique service hub will set a national standard for interagency relationships and operational efficiency in support of greater social impact.

Better for Clients

Legal and social issues are rarely simple - and rarely come one at a time. The ability to address interlocking issues in a more efficient and holistic manner at one location in the EJC will be life-changing for Philadelphia residents seeking multiple vital supports.

Those in need of legal services may live in poverty, struggle to maintain employment, have disabilities, face issues of aging, meet challenges with their immigrant status, or be affected by violence and abuse. Member organizations at the EJC will potentially serve more than 40,000 people a year who will benefit from streamlined access to legal aid services and social supports at this new location.

Better for Legal Aid Organizations

​By providing a central building, the EJC will permanently transform the capacity of the city’s legal aid system to sustain and improve operations and enhance its ability to meet client needs. Member organizations will finally be able to move away from chasing affordable rental space, and money can be allocated instead to staffing, programs, and client services.

Most legal services organizations in Philadelphia maintain their own office space, with conference rooms, IT services, and libraries. Their intake procedures are not coordinated, and chronic under-funding impacts their ability to meet the seemingly limitless need for client services.

Better for the Community

​The EJC will have a positive economic impact in the short-term and the long-run. Increased employment and business expenditures of the non-profits located in the building will have a positive local social and economic impact as neighbors and consumers.

 

When a legal problem is successfully addressed and resolved, both the client and the whole community benefit from the resulting improvement in family stability, safe housing, educational opportunities, needed health care, new or continued employment, increased income for food and clothing, and more.

​EJC Member Organizations Will Produce an Aggregate Social and Economic Benefit of $202 Million per Year

​Over a twenty-five year period, reflecting more of the overall lifespan of the EJC building, the aggregate benefit could be expected to exceed $5.05 billion.