NEW! RampCLT.com is now open (as of February 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.) and accepting applications again for rent and utility assistance.
Current Stage and Customer Assistance Plan
Act now. Don't wait. Funding is limited. Contact us soon for help before disconnections begin again later this year.
Charlotte Water strongly encourages any customers experiencing financial hardships to seek assistance with one of the three assistance programs listed below.
Our Customer Care Team can help you select the best option for your situation. To speak with the Care Team, please call 311.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
- NEW! The Housing Partnership’s website, RampCLT.com, is now open (as of February 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.) and accepting applications again for rent and utility assistance.
- The Housing Partnership is an affordable housing organization, serving low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and communities through real estate development, homeownership education and financing, and neighborhood revitalization. This federal-funded program is available to all Mecklenburg Country residents. Visit rampclt.com to apply before funds run out.
- Crisis Assistance provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. Available to all Mecklenburg County residents.
- Curbside rent and utility assistance are available for Mecklenburg County residents at 500-A Spratt St on Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Payments are made directly to the landlord or utility company.
Common Wealth Charlotte (CWC)
- Common Wealth Charlotte (CWC) works as a loan program to empower Charlotte's working poor to achieve financial independence through innovative financial education and capability services. Available to all Mecklenburg Country residents.
Current Stage of CLTWater’s Customer Assistance Plan
- Continuing the temporary practice of not disconnecting customers for delinquent account balances and not imposing later charges.
- Automatically placing customers with past due balances as of September 30, 2020, on a 12-month, no interest payment arrangement.
- Actively working with customers to address and resolve their past due balances through payment arrangements and financial assistance.
- Though Charlotte Water has suspended charging late fees and disconnecting service for non-payment, the utility cannot legally forgive past due balances. Customers continue to accrue past due balances. Please contact our Customer Care Team by calling 311 and get help paying your bill from the agencies we have partnered with. Our Team will help you select the best option for your situation.
Customers with past due balances should continue to make payments to avoid the accumulation of higher past due balances and future disconnection. As long as a customer is on a payment arrangement, the customer will not face a disconnection notice.
Charlotte Water has established the Customer Care Team, a dedicated group of trained customer service professionals to work with customers. Our team will connect customers with community assistance agencies to help pay their bills and work through financial hardships one-on-one.
Charlotte Water is collaborating with three local non-profit organizations to provide financial assistance to customers: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Crisis Assistance Ministry, and Common Wealth Charlotte. To get help with funding and billing assistance, visit the agencies listed above.
Pandemic Assistance Background
- On March 12, 2020, account disconnections for nonpayment were suspended. Those customers who were disconnected at the time were reconnected.
- As of March 23, 2020, a new assessment of late fees associated with delinquent accounts was suspended.
- On March 31, the Governor of North Carolina issued Executive Order 124 (and then extended by Executive Order 142) stating that utilities across North Carolina were required to discontinue customer disconnections of service for non-payment to reduce hardships caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the Executive Order called for the discontinuation of late fee charges on past due balances.
- Executive Order (124/142) expired on July 29, 2020.