Programs at Pisgah Legal Services
Children’s Law – Helps disadvantaged children avoid homelessness, escape abuse/maltreatment, and access essential services, such as medical care, childcare, and education..
Community Economic Development – Increases jobs and affordable housing through advocacy and by providing technical, legal assistance to support and build capacity of nonprofits, faith groups, small businesses, and local governments.
Consumer Law – Defends consumer rights, addresses fraud, and stops predatory lending practices by protecting clients’ limited income and resources from unfair debt collection.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention – Helps survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault take legal action to escape abuse and rebuild their lives and financial stability.
Elder Law – Helps seniors live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Protects seniors from financial or physical abuse or harassment and assists with end-of-life planning.
Expunction and Driver’s License Restoration – Clears criminal records, restores driver’s licenses and removes barriers to employment, housing, education, and benefits.
Health Care and Income Security – Obtains and protects public benefits for people with low incomes, including SNAP, SSI/SSDI, Medicaid and Social Security. Assists Medicaid beneficiaries and applicants to protect Medicaid rights through legal advice and representation.
Homelessness Prevention – Prevents families and individuals from losing their homes to eviction or foreclosure, improves existing housing conditions, and stabilizes housing that is affordable.
Justice for All (Assisting Immigrants) – Helps eligible immigrants in WNC work legally and secure legal status, and addresses other basic needs. Provides legal documents to address cases of family separation.
Medical-Legal Partnership – Helps medical patients address legal issues that impact “social determinants” that impact their health, such as domestic violence, housing, or crushing debt.
Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer – Administers a volunteer lawyer program by screening and referring income-eligible clients to pro bono attorneys; also provides training and co-counseling support to volunteers handling poverty law matters.
North Carolina Medicaid Ombudsman – In partnership with the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of NC, provides information and advocacy to Medicaid managed care beneficiaries.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) – Offers tax controversy services to low-income and English as a second language (ESL) taxpayers through education and representation in federal and state tax disputes.
Veterans Law – Assists homeless or otherwise vulnerable military veterans by obtaining or maintaining stable housing, securing disability benefits, and accessing quality health care and health insurance.
WNC Health and Economic Opportunity – Helps people enroll in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans and helps low-income families gain access to increased income through the Earned Income Tax Credit, ACA Tax Credit, and Child Tax Credit.