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COVID-19 Updates

Wait… what’s happening? We are living in an unprecedented moment, trying to adjust to a situation that continues to evolve. Life in our community has completely changed in a matter of days—so much so that it’s been hard to keep track of everything that has happened. We’re here to help.…

American Rescue Plan FAQs: Stimulus Payments and Tax Updates

Since the American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021, the IRS has been working to implement provisions of the law and provide guidance to make sure taxpayers can receive Economic Impact Payments (EIP or stimulus checks) and take advantage of new tax credits during this current tax season.  Below are frequently asked…

Responding to Crisis: Marking One Year of COVID-19

Last March, few imagined that our community would still be grappling with the coronavirus pandemic a year later. In many ways it seems the pandemic is nearing an end after this year of hardship and loss: vaccines for the virus are increasingly available, and cases have dropped to a point where North Carolina is easing activity restrictions.  But we…

Access to Justice: ‘Things are smoother now.’

When someone contacts Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy for help, they are often struggling to stay afloat in a storm of crisis. They have a big problem impacting their life but do not know how to fix it. Their problem is a symptom of various unmet legal needs that need…

Pro Bono Spotlight: Nicholas Lee

Nicholas Lee is an associate at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP and a dedicated pro bono volunteer with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy through the Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program. Beginning in 2014, Nicholas has worked primarily in expunction cases, where his passion in pro bono work…

What does the American Rescue Plan (third stimulus package) mean for the Affordable Care Act?

What you need to know about the Special Open Enrollment Period:  1. Anyone can sign up for a plan now.   It’s easy to sign up for health insurance if you recently lost your job or are self-employed. Even if you haven’t had insurance in a long time, this Special Open Enrollment Period may be…

American Rescue Plan Offers Relief

Third COVID-19 Relief Package Passes as Pandemic Marks One Year   Updated April 8, 2021 On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law as the largest and most recent COVID-19 relief package extending $1.9 trillion dollars in aid to families, businesses, nonprofits, and states. This third round of aid comes as Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy marks a full year fighting to support families under the pandemic.   And…

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s call for Artist Qualifications for Purchase or Creation of New Work for our Building

Call Summary  Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is requesting qualifications from emerging visual artists age 21+ local to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region to create or sell art of any medium relevant to our mission for our new building at 5535 Albemarle Road, Charlotte NC. Qualifications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 2nd, 2021 at 5pm. Artists interested in the…

NAVIGATING OPEN ENROLLMENT: Healthcare.gov Income Questions

The Open Enrollment Period is often the only opportunity for individuals and families to sign up for a health insurance plan for the following year. Until August 15, 2021, you can sign up for a 2021 plan. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s health insurance navigators help families and individuals choose…

Pro Bono Service Critical in Acquisition of The Advocacy Center’s New Building

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy has purposefully been searching for a new building for over two years to accommodate our growing staff and programs. Jane Ratteree of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson represented The Advocacy Center in a real estate transaction in which we acquired the building that will be our new home beginning later this year. Ratteree’s service and expertise were invaluable…

VITA Offers Free Help Filing 2020 Taxes

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is available by virtual appointment through tax season to help eligible residents file their taxes.    If your household income in 2020 was $57,000 or less, you could qualify to have your taxes prepared and submitted through this program.   Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s VITA services will be offered virtually and securely by IRS certified…