Charlotte is fortunate to have a wealth of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of area residents. Whether you need help with housing, food, medical care, financial assistance, or more, there's somewhere you can get help.
From those that are homeless or unemployed to others living in transitional housing or with family and friends, the agencies listed below help by providing our community with much-needed resources and services.
Also listed are local food banks, health agencies, and even organizations that can help with monthly utility payments.
Financial Support & Services
Here's a look at where to turn if you need financial assistance or education in Charlotte
Innovative Community Resources
5736 N. Tryon St
Innovative Community Resources assists low-income and homeless individuals in the Charlotte area by offering budget counseling, Social Security representation, and payee services.
Financial Family Literacy Coalition
601 E. 5th St Ste 200
The Financial Family Literacy Coalition, co-founded in 2004 by Community Link, is comprised of 30 Charlotte-area organizations that seek to improve the lives of low-income individuals and families by providing tax-preparation resources, and home ownership and financial literacy education.
Crisis Assistance Ministry
500-A Spratt St
Crisis Assistance Ministry is a non-profit organization that helps low-income individuals and families pay rent or utilities, and find furnishing and other home goods for their homes through the ministry's community Free Store.
Housing Assistance & Shelters
Housing is one of the most basic needs, but it's not always easy to come by.
If you need housing assistance in Charlotte, here's where to look.
Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA)
1301 South Blvd
The Charlotte Housing Authority (CHA) offers a variety of housing services for mixed- to low-income individuals and families. It is part of the Moving Forward Initiative in North Carolina that helps encourage self-sufficiency and a transition to more permanent housing.
Charlotte Emergency Housing
300 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte Emergency Housing, or Charlotte Family Housing, works with their clients to promote independence by providing transitional and affordable housing. Financial literacy services and counseling are also available.
495 N. College St
Urban Ministry Center's HousingWorks program aims to end chronic homelessness by providing shelter in either their Moore Place apartment complex or in other locations.
Men's Shelter of Charlotte
1210 N. Tryon St
The Men's Shelter of Charlotte provides overnight shelter including showers and meals. The organization also offers several medical and support services as well as prevention and outreach programs designed to combat homeless and increase autonomy.
1330 Spring Ste
Project HealthShare, Inc. aims to improve the health and lives of low-income and minority individuals in the Charlotte area by providing preventative care and screenings, as well as health education courses. Located in the Greenville Recreation Center, its office hours are Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Clients must meet eligibility requirements.
Charlotte Community Health Clinic
6900 Farmingdale Dr
Charlotte Community Health Clinic assists the uninsured and low-income population by providing preventative healthcare and chronic illness treatment. Additional services include mental and behavioral health education. Offices open during the week Monday through Thursday.
Care Ring Low-Cost Clinic
601 E. 5th St Ste 140(704)-375-0172
Care Ring Low-Cost Clinic provides healthcare services for those in need at a lesser charge. Office hours are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointment required.
Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens
If you're in need of food in Charlotte, here are a few organizations that can help stock your shelves
Loaves & Fishes
Loaves & Fishes is operated by local religious and community organizations that seek to help Charlotte residents meet their basic daily food needs by providing groceries on a weekly basis. There are several food pantry locations in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
Harvest Center of Charlotte
1800 Brewton Dr
The Harvest Center of Charlotte offers hot meals and groceries to those in need. Breakfast and lunch are served on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays (lunch only) and a food pantry is available on Thursdays and Fridays.
St. Peter's Soup Kitchen
945 N. College St
St. Peter's Soup Kitchen, established in 1974, is Charlotte's oldest and largest soup kitchen. St. Peter's operates in the Urban Ministry Center and serves a hot meal every day of the year between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Other Community Resources in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County:
2732 Rozzelles Ferry Rd
The BRIDGE Jobs Program focuses on helping the unemployed, underemployed, and high school drop outs obtain and maintain employment while finishing schooling. In addition to providing career counseling, the agency also offers support and teaching to enhance and develop life skills and self-reliance.
Urban League of Central Carolinas
740 W. 5th St
The Urban League of Central Carolinas has served the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and surrounding counties for over 30 years. It provides employment support, youth programs, and educational assistance as well as skills-enhancement courses.
More comprehensive lists of Charlotte-area low-income and homelessness resources can be found at www.charlottesaves.org and with the National Resource Directory at www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov.