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Disability Rights and Resources
Provides assistance for disabled customers moving from a facility (including homeless shelters) to an independent living situation. Flyer
Legal Services for the Elderly
Legal Services for the Elderly is a program of:
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
1431 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
704-334-0400 – Legal Services for the Elderly Hotline
704-376-1600 – General Intake Line
800-438-1254 – General Intake (Outside Mecklenburg County)
800-247-1931 – Spanish Language Line
Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) provides a full measure of justice for those in need. LSE empower residents of Mecklenburg County who are age 60 or older to make their own plans and decisions governing end of life issues; enable them to retain their property and assets unencumbered by debt; protect them from predatory lenders and other financing abuses; and assist them in obtaining government sponsored benefits.Brochure
Preparation of simple wills and advance directives
Powers of Attorney
Health Care Powers of Attorney
Predatory Lending Practices
Exploitation of the Elderly
Unfair Debt Collection Practices
Age Discrimination in Housing
Medicaid and Medicare
Social Security and SSI
Guardianship of a Disabled Spouse
Uncontested Grandchild Custody.
North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Fund
Get Help to Save Your Home - FlyerThe N.C. Foreclosure Prevention Fund helps North Carolina homeowners who are struggling to pay their mortgage due to job loss or other temporary financial hardship that occurred on or after January 1, 2008.
If your goal is to obtain employment that will allow you to keep your home, it can provide temporary assistance to pay your mortgage while you search or train for a new job. The Fund provides assistance at no cost to you.
The Fund offers zero-interest, deferred loans up to $24,000 to cover your mortgage and related expenses for up to 24 months. If you live in one of the 50 counties with the highest unemployment,
you may be eligible for up to $36,000 over 36 months. The loan can also be used to bring your mortgage current.
Am I Eligible?
You may be eligible for help if you:
• are unemployed through no fault of your own or are earning less than you have in the past, or
• are facing a temporary financial hardship, such as a divorce, serious illness, or the death of a co-signor
To be eligible, you must also:
• need assistance with payments for your principal residence, which must be located in North Carolina,
• have satisfactory mortgage payment history prior to your job loss or financial hardship,
• demonstrate an ability to resume your mortgage payment once assistance ends, and
• be a legal resident of the U.S.
How Do I Get Help?
The first step is to make an appointment with a participating, HUD-approved housing counselor, who will let you know what documents you need to gather. The counselor will review your situation with you and help you complete an application.
If your lender has already started foreclosure proceedings and you meet preliminary qualifications, the N.C. Housing Finance Agency may issue a temporary stay-of-foreclosure while your
application is under review.
If you qualify for the loan, the N.C. Housing Finance Agency will make your mortgage payment directly to your loan
provider or bank. At the end of the assistance period, you will resume making your own mortgage payment.
You will pay no interest on your loan, and if you remain in your home for 10 years, your loan will be considered satisfied and
you will owe nothing. Your counselor can provide details.
Serving your area:
Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc.704-343-4692www.cmhp.org
For more information go to the website
or call 1-888-623-8631
North Carolina Senior Legal Helpline - Free service
An attorney will help with legal services in civil (non-criminal) matters for clients who are 60 years of age or older.
Provides legal help in the following areas:
Attorneys can answer legal questions and/or offer advice; write letters and/or place telephone calls to help resolve problems; review legal documents, clarify issues and provide options. If extensive services are required, may refer to a local legal aid provider for additional help.
Ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual, dilated eye exams. Raises awareness about age-related eye disease, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Facilitates access to eye care at no out-of-pocket expense for eligible seniors.
Promotes early detection of glaucoma and raises awareness of risk factors (family history, race, age).
May access the referral center online
The helpline telephone number for assistance is 877-887-6324 and is open
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 Noon Pacific Standard Time.
American Optometric Association (AOA)
VISION USA provides a basic eye examination to low-income individuals in the US. Member doctors of the American Optometric Association donate services. To qualify, applicants must meet all five of the eligibility requirements outlined below:
Have no private or government insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid
Have income below the established level based on household size
Have not had an eye exam within the past 24 months
Must be a US citizen or legal resident with a social security or legal resident number
Have not received a doctor referral through the VISION USA program in the last two years
Maximum of 4 applicants per household per year
How To Receive Care
All Applications "Must" Be Submitted Online by a Referral Agency.
Local Participating Agencies:
(updated February 2013)
Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center
100 Billingsley Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28211
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Charlotte Mecklenburg County Pretrial Services
801 E. 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
4108 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
To contact Vision USA please visit the website.
For more information go to Mecklenburg County Office of the Tax Collector's website
Free Rabies Shot Clinics for Your Pets
The second Saturday of every month.
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Every pet there by 11:00 a.m. will receive a shot
Dogs must be leashed and cats in carriers. Please bring ID with your current address or a utility bill that shows your current address.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control
8315 Byrum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone: 704-336-7600 or 3-1-1
All dogs, cats and ferrets four months and older residing in Charlotte, Mint Hill, Pineville and the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County must be licensed annually. A rabies vaccination is required to purchase a license.
Spay and Neuter Charlotte
Appointments are required for all animals. Call (704) 970-2711 or go online to schedule an appointment to www.spayneutercharlotte.org
Get your pet fixed for FREE!
To qualify you must be a resident of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Every month, with help from our friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control (CMACC) and the ASPCA, we are offering 70 free surgeries. Call us to book your appointment!
Offices visits are available for $20. Vaccines range from $10-15 and Testing is $15-25. Flea, tick and heartworm preventatives.
Spay and Neuter Services
Dog Spay (female) $99*
Dog Neuter (male) $75*
(*Dogs 50-84 pounds add $15; Dogs over 84 pounds add $30)
Cat Spay (female) $50
Cat Neuter (male) $40
Above fees include post-op pain medication
** Don't forget to check out our MONTHLY specials
Pet Food Pantry
Spay Neuter Charlotte's Pet Food Pantry is available to help pet owners in need of food for their dog or cat. Pet food will be distributed on a first-come, first serve basis. To seek assistance for your cat and/or dog, stop in at one of the clinic locations during operating hours as listed below:
2017 N. Davidson Street, Suite A Charlotte, NC 28205
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
10833 Pineville Road
Pineville, NC 28134
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Aid & Attendance Pension for Veterans & their Spouses
Weatherization Program - Heating and Air Repair & Replacement Program - Free
Detailed Information on the Weatherization Assistance Program and Heating & Air Repair & Replacement Program
At this time there is not a contracted provider for Mecklenburg County however you can contact 919-707-9198 for information.
You Do Not have to own your own home to be eligible. Renters must have written permission from their landlord. Available for single family homes, apartments, condominiums and mobile homes.
- Evaluation, clean & tune of major air & heat source (central air unit, furnace & heat pump)
- Weatherization to your home
- Insulation in your attic, walls & crawlspace
- Smoke/CO alarm
- Furnace filters
- Aerorators (2) for kitchen & bathroom faucet
- Low-flow showerhead
Call 919-707-9198 for more information.
Utilities Commission Moratorium
If a household is served by a regulated electric or natural gas company, service cannot be discontinued until the customer receives a written notice. The household must be allowed to make installment payments over six months for past and current bills. In addition, service cannot be stopped from November through March for a household who:
- Cannot pay its utility bill; and
- Has a member who is elderly (65 years of age or older) or disabled; and
- Has been certified as eligible for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
For more help with the Utilities Commission Moratorium call Just1Call at 704-432-1111.