Homelessness Prevention Project Volunteer Information

Legal Aid of North Carolina – Charlotte is currently in need of Spanish-speaking volunteers to assist in the Homelessness Prevention Project.

The Homeslessness Prevention Project (HPP)  is a partnership between Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc., and Crisis Assistance Ministry.  Legal Aid is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal advice and representation to low-income tenants in Mecklenburg County.  Crisis Assistance Ministry is a Mecklenburg County nonprofit that provides financial assistance for low-income tenants.

The Project seeks to prevent homelessness by educating low-income tenants who are facing eviction on the legal rights of tenants in North Carolina.  The Project also provides tenants with information on free legal resources in Mecklenburg County.  The Project sends trained volunteers called “Housing Counselors” to Crisis Assistance Ministry to give presentations on tenant rights, answer questions, and interview tenants with serious legal problems to make any necessary referrals.

We are currently in need of individuals fluent in Spanish to serve as Housing Counselors.  Housing Counselors work in teams of two, and we would like to pair Spanish-speaking Housing Counselors with Housing Counselors who cannot speak Spanish.  Currently we are operating onsite at Crisis every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, with the first shift from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and a second shift from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Given the serious need for Spanish-speaking volunteers, we would prefer for volunteers to serve at least one two-hour shift per week; however, we are able to accommodate volunteers who can only serve bi-weekly or monthly.

We are also in need of volunteers who can read and write in both English and Spanish to translate materials given to patrons, such as brochures and forms.  If you have any questions or are interested in assisting Legal Aid with the Homelessness Prevention Project, please call 704-971-2621 and specify your interest in the project in your application.