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Charlotte assistance programs

Below are a few services for the city. Find a much more extensive list of assistance programs that cover both Mecklenburg County as well as the city. More on Mecklenburg and Charlotte assistance.

Find help with paying bills, rent, and more

If you need assistance, the Crisis Assistance Ministry provides help with a wide variety of bills to tens of thousands of families each and every year. They offer the Emergency Financial Assistance Program which helps both families and individuals who are in financial distress. They provide housing assistance to help prevent evictions and also aid with paying utility bills. Any payments made for energy bills are paid directly to utility companies and any rent payments are made directly to landlords.

In addition, they have on site a free store to help Charlotte North Carolina residents. The Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store is available due to the the result of thousands of volunteers who donate both their time and materials to make house wares, clothing, furniture and appliances available to those in need at no charge.

The organization is located at 500-A Spratt Street near Uptown Charlotte North Carolina, and the phone number is (704) 371-3000.

Employment services and help with a job

Bridge Jobs Program is a non-profit agency that helps the unemployed, high school dropouts, and underemployed find a job. Receive job training, resources, and employment services. Dial (704) 377-5371.

Prescription medications

If you need help paying for prescription drugs, contact NC Medassist. The program helps low income and underinsured Charlotte NC residents with gaining access to prescription medications. the agency can be reached at (704) 536-1790. The program helps people of all types, whether they are children, elderly, low income, unemployed, and almost anyone can receive assistance.

Assistance for expenses

Catholic Charities helps people of all religions. Call them at 704-370-3228. From time to time they can provide cash grants for paying rent and energy bills, provide food, clothing, and other emergency aid. They can also refer people to other Charlotte NC nonprofit agencies as well as government programs.





Legal help programs

if you can’t afford an attorney, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, NC provides free civil legal assistance and access to programs in the areas of public benefits, foreclosures, housing, family and consumer law to low-income and other qualified people. Call 704-376-1600.

Mortgage delinquency

Several HUD counseling agencies operate across the region. Together they administer a host of services and programs for borrowers in the area. Learn about counseling, legal support, and other programs. More on foreclosure prevention in Charlotte.


Find the location of other Mecklenburg County assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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