Resource Index

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (formerly Legal Services of Southern Piedmont)

      Who is Eligible for Services:

  • You are an eligible low-income person the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central North Carolina.

Their Work:

  • They provide a wide range of civil legal assistance to low-income people in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central NC. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s civil legal assistance includes individual advice and representation, community education and outreach, representation of groups, self-help remedies, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and impact litigation.

Geographical Area:

  • People in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central North Carolina.

Disability Rights of North Carolina

Who is Eligible for Services:

  • You have a developmental or intellectual disability;
  • You have a psychiatric disability or emotional impairment;
  • You are a patient in a state psychiatric hospital;
  • You have a physical, learning, or sensory disability; or
  • You have a traumatic brain injury.

Or if:

  • You need access to technology that you believe may help you live a fuller, more independent life;
  • You receive SSI or SSDI and need help with employment issues or keeping your benefits when you return to work; or
  • You have questions about your right to vote.

Their Work:

Disability Rights NC engages in the following activities to protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina:

  • Represent individuals based on Disability Rights North Carolina’s priorities and case selection criteria,
  • Tell people with disabilities about their many legal, civil, and service rights,
  • Investigate complaints about serious physical or sexual abuse and neglect-related deaths in institutions,
  • Provide technical assistance, training, publications, and advocacy support for North Carolinians with disabilities, their families, and representatives,
  • Outreach to traditionally underserved ethnic and disability communities, and
  • Bring impact litigation and act as amicus curiaein disability-related cases.

Geographical Area:

  • People in North Carolina.

Financial Protection Law Center

Who is Eligible for Services:

  • Low-income Borrowers

Their Work:

  •  The large majority of their cases involve defense of homeowners in foreclosure who have been victims of predatory lending or predatory loan servicing. These clients are typically elderly, disabled or low income borrowers who cannot afford to hire attorneys to represent them. They also represent borrowers who are victims of unfair debt collection practices and various other scams or predatory lending practices. They frequently waive or further discount fees where payment would constitute a hardship for clients.

Geographical Area:

  • North Carolina

Land Loss Prevention Project

Who is Eligible for Services:

  • Financially distressed and limited resource farmers

Their Work:

  • Land Loss Prevention Project’s advocacy for financially distressed and limited resource farmers involves action in three separate arenas: litigation, public policy, and promoting sustainable agriculture and environment.

Geographical Area:

  • North Carolina

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc.

Who is Eligible for Services:

  • Those with criminal convictions who are currently incarcerated to determine whether there were any legal error made.

Their Work:

  • Evaluate claims regarding the validity of an inmate’s conviction or sentence, and potentially correct any errors found either informally or through litigation.
  • Provide numerous self-help packets and informational memoranda including, but not limited to: post-conviction relief, detainers, federal civil rights claims, State Tort Claims before the N.C. Industrial Commission, legal name changes, paternity or DNA testing, seizure of property claims, modification of child support, executive clemency, and similar cases.
  • As resources permit, NCPLS may litigate cases that implicate serious health and safety issues, arising from unconstitutional conditions of confinement, if doing so may result in corrective action.  Due to a significant reduction in the amount of funds IDS has available to contract with NCPLS, we are no longer able to litigate a large amount of conditions of confinement cases.  However, we are continuing to monitor conditions of confinement issues within North Carolina prisons.

Geographical Area:

  • North Carolina

Pisgah Legal Services

Who is Eligible for Services:

  • People who meet their low income guidelines, which is determined by looking at income, family size, assets, and living expenses.
  • Have a problem that affects your basic needs.
  • Live in Buncombe, Madison, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, or Rutherford counties. Although, Pisgah Legal will provide limited immigration services in other Western North Carolina counties.

Their Work:

  • Assist Children in Crisis
  • Address Fraud/Protect Consumers
  • Protect Seniors
  • Stop Domestic Violence
  • Prevent Homelessness/Eviction/Foreclosure
  • Access Health Care
  • Secure Essential Benefits
  • Assist Immigrants
  • HEALS: A Medical & Legal Partnership
  • Expunctions

Geographical Area:

  • Live in North Carolina in one of the following counties: Buncombe, Madison, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, or Rutherford. Although, Pisgah Legal will provide limited immigration services in other Western North Carolina counties.