In September, our Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program joined Charlotte’s legal community in launching the Charlotte Triage Pro Bono Project to address a wide range of unmet civil legal needs in the community, including evictions; criminal record expunctions, which can make it hard to find work; and assistance with health insurance enrollment. The goal of the project is to help fill gaps in services Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina experience due to limited resources.
During the fall, 34 people signed up and completed the training to become health insurance navigators through the Triage project. These volunteers joined Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s staff in helping the community sign up for health insurance in the Federal Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act during Open Enrollment Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s staff and volunteers were part of the effort to assist the more than 500,000 North Carolinians who signed up for health insurance in 2019.