What we do

HIV/AIDS Legal Assistance Project

There are more than 6,800 people living with HIV/AIDS in Mecklenburg County, more than twice the national average and nearly two-times the norm in North Carolina. Cases are heavily concentrated in low-income neighborhoods in Charlotte.

Low-income people living with HIV/AIDS face barriers to access that impact all aspects of life, preventing them from meeting their basic needs and receiving specialized assistance, ranging from maintaining good health and relationships to finding employment and housing. 

Destructive stigmas often create obstacles, and in matters of confidentiality and discrimination, settling legal issues is often difficult to do without help. 

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy provides legal advice, representation and support to people living with HIV/AIDS in all of its service areas in addition to several areas of law as they relate to a person’s HIV/AIDS diagnosis, including, breach of confidentiality, will executions, powers of attorney, and health care powers of attorney.  

The HIV/AIDS Legal Assistance Project provides direct legal services and outreach to people living with HIV/AIDS.  

The project focuses on: 

1. Ensuring that the legal needs of people living with HIV/AIDS are addressed  

2. Educating people living with HIV/AIDS on certain legal rights  

3. Advocating to end harmful stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS to ensure access to resources and inclusion.

4. Improving quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and their families 

Case work

While we serve people living with HIV/AIDS in all of our areas of service, the HIV/AIDS Legal Assistance Project focuses on:

  • Simple wills
  • Powers of attorney,
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Advance directives
  • Breach of confidentiality 

To be eligible for HIV/AIDS Legal Assistance Project services, you must:

1. Be diagnosed with HIV or AIDS;

2. Live in one of the following counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg, or Union; and

3. Earn a gross income of less than 300% of the federal poverty limits. 

Services may be extended N.C. residents of counties outside the Charlotte Metro area depending organizational resources.