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Details for Service Community Based Legal Services
Service Name Community Based Legal Services Program Name Access, Outreach
Goal Expand awareness, understanding and use of information to enhance the health and safety of North Carolinians.
Objective Assure that children and/or adults have access to consistent and accurate health and safety information through outreach and education.
Division Division of Aging and Adult Services
Service Description

Individuals sometimes need legal help with civil (non-criminal) matters. For those age 60 or older who cannot afford to pay privately, legal assistance is available through the Older Americans Act Legal Services Program. Funding goes to the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in North Carolina, which contract for legal services with Legal Aid of North Carolina (Legal Aid NC) and a few private attorneys. Services generally include simple wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives such as health care powers of attorney and living wills. Legal Aid NC offices also offer help with housing, foreclosure, consumer debt, utilities and benefits cases.

The federal Older Americans Act funds this service and specifies that it target seniors in the greatest need without using economic means testing.   The services benefit adults age 60 and older, with emphasis on those who are in the greatest economic or social need (that is, isolation or limitation due to some physical or mental disability).  It provides assistance to the homebound, residents in long-term care settings and congregate (group) meal sites.

Web Site https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/daas Year First Initiated 1975
Available State Wide Yes Geographic Area Served
Grants Provided No Competitive Bidding No
Competitive Bidding Details
Waiting List No Waiting List Start Date
Number Waiting
Waiting List Details

Income Eligibility
Income Eligibility No
Income Eligibility Method
Income Eligibility Type
Whose Income Eligibility
Income Disregard No
Income Disregard Desc
Income Verified No
Income Verified Method
Income Criteria
Income Eligibility Change
Income Eligibility Method Prior To Change
Income Eligibility Other

Target Population
Age Range Start Age Range End
60 100+

Legal Authority
Authorization Level Authorization Type Citation
Federal Public Law Older Americans Act, as amended

Budget Information
State Fiscal Year (SFY)
As of the month of
Authorized Budget Fiscal Year 2024 SFY 2023-2024 Year To Date Expenditures Balance
Salary and Fringes (1X) 0 0 0
Salary Other (1X) 0 0 0
Operating (2X-5X) 0 0 0
Contracts/Allocations (6X) 0 0 0
Reserves (7X) 0 0 0
Transfers (8X) 0 0 0
Total Requirements 0 0 0
Receipts-Federal 0 0 0
Receipts- Local receipts 0 0 0
Receipts- Other receipts 0 0 0
Total Receipts 0 0 0
General Fund Appropriations 0 0 0
State Local Other
0 0 0
State Local
0 0