Cuts to unemployment benefits are not only hurting people out of work, but also local businesses who help those in need.
Administrators at Crisis Assistance Ministry told Eyewitness News on Tuesday they're already at peak demand. With recent cuts to unemployment benefits, the agency is expecting it to only become greater.
The nonprofit helps people in financial crisis pay bills and function day to day by using public and private donations.
"We use those contribution to help people with rent, or utilities, with clothing through the free store, with essential furniture or appliances through the furniture bank," said Communications Director Tovi Lynn Martin.
At Crisis Assistance Ministry, the line of people waiting for help starts before the doors even open. She said recent cuts to unemployment benefits will only make it tougher.
"I've worked all my life, but you don't ever know what's going to happen," said Shirley Winchester.
Winchester got her final unemployment check last week. Cuts to unemployment benefits affected 70,000 North Carolinians and 7,000 of those people in Charlotte.
"Just this week so far we've had about 30 families come in here within moments of being homeless," said Martin.
Since the cuts went into effect Monday. Martin said some people may have money to pay their bills for now. In preparation, for when they don't, the agency is working harder to raise money of its own, to get ready for an influx of people expected in two months.
The legislature voted to trim benefits in order to repay the federal government almost $3 billion it borrowed.
People can only get unemployment benefits for 20 weeks instead of 26. The state also cut the amount of weekly checks a person can get.