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Vision Care - Free 


Updated 4/2013

EyeCare America
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:
  1. Have no private or government insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid
  2. Have income below the established level based on household size
  3. Have not had an eye exam within the past 24 months
  4. Must be a US citizen or legal resident with a social security or legal resident number
  5. 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
Anita Brown
(704) 376-7447

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services
3205 Freedom Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Joyce Byers

Charlotte Mecklenburg County Pretrial Services
801 E. 4th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Colleen Cranford
(704) 432-5288

RHA Access

4108 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
Michelle Roberts
(704) 522-5424

To contact Vision USA please visit the website.



Tax Relief Forms


Property Tax Relief Instruction Letter and Forms - for the elderly and persons who are permanently disabled
Reduction of City Auto Fee - for the elderly
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.



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

Office Hours:
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.

  • Preparation of simple wills and advance directives
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Consumer
  • Home Foreclosures
  • Predatory Lending Practices
  • Exploitation of the Elderly
  • Unfair Debt Collection Practices
  • Age Discrimination in Housing
  • Government Benefits
  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Food Stamps
  • Social Security and SSI
  • Guardianship of a Disabled Spouse
  • Uncontested Grandchild Custody.



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:
  • Housing Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Public Benefits 
  • Civil Law (alternatives to Guardianship Wills) 

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. 




Spay and Neuter Charlotte


Wellness Wednesdays 

Yearly checkups at a very low cost - $20.00 office visit/checkup with the Doctor, $10.00 each for rabies and distemper. Also offering other low-cost vaccines, screenings, ear cleaning, nail trimming and preventives. 
Please call 704-375-2009 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.
Clinic Location
2017 N. Davidson Street, Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: 704-375-2009     
Appointments are required for all animals. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept walk-ins, but please feel free to visit our clinic to schedule your appointment.
Don't forget to check out our specials
Dog Vaccines
Rabies (required)  $10
DA2PPv (distemper/parvo)  $10
Bordetella (kennel cough)  $15
Heartworm Test  $15
Cat Vaccines
Rabies (required)  $10
FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory)  $10
FELV (leukemia)  $10
FELV/FIV (AIDS) combo test  $25    
Spay and Neuter Services 
Dog Spay (female)  $120
Dog Neuter (male)  $110
Dogs over 65 lbs.  + $15
Cat Spay (female)  $65
Cat Neuter (male) $65
Above fees include post-op pain medication  

Additional Services 
Microchips  $20
Nail Trim  $5
Iverhart Heartworm Treatment  $20 - $45
Flea & Tick Treatments 
Revolution Flea & Tick [for cats only] 
     one dose  $15
     three doses  $45

Aid & Attendance Pension for Veterans & their Spouses


Veterans Aid Summary - more information



North Carolina Foreclosure Prevention Fund


Get Help to Save Your Home - Flyer
The 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.
For more information go to the website or call 1-888-623-8631.



Weatherization Program - Heating and Air Repair & Replacement Program  - Free


Gaston County Community Action has the state contract for Mecklenburg and Union counties.

Detailed Information on the Weatherization Assistance Program and Heating & Air Repair & Replacement Program

1801 N. Tryon Street, Suite 334
Charlotte, NC   28206
Telephone:  704-940-1752
Gaston Number:  704-866-8721

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 704-940-1752 for more information.



Disability Rights and Resources


Provides assistance for disabled customers moving from a facility (including homeless shelters) to an independent living situation.   Flyer




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:

  1. Cannot pay its utility bill; and
  2. Has a member who is elderly (65 years of age or older) or disabled; and
  3. 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.



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