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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations

Our community is a rich, diverse mix of people from different places, with various backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Community Relations celebrates individuals and groups who have made a lasting impact in our community by their dedication to fairness, equality and dignity for everyone.

COVID-19 Vaccination Events

All Mecklenburg County residents 5 years of age or older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. Mecklenburg County Public Health offers several options for receiving a vaccination. COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge for everyone.

Black History Month 2022: Willie Ratchford

Willie Ratchford, the executive director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, has spent the last 41 years fighting for equity and equality by removing barriers that prevent marginalized communities from experiencing all that Charlotte-Mecklenburg has to offer. As we celebrate Black History Month, Ratchford shares his thoughts on the importance of highlighting the achievements of Black Americans and how knowing this history can inspire future generations.

FY22 Annual Report

The 2022 Community Relations Committee (CRC) Annual Report is now available! The report details the highlights and accomplishments of the CRC Subcommittees and Community Relations staff for July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. CRC members and staff had a fulfilling year of initiatives, trainings, and celebrations that promoted harmony, facilitated resolution and celebrated diversity. We look forward to continuing to implement programs and services for the betterment of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

When You Rent Handbook

The latest edition of the When You Rent Handbook is now available. This handbook provides information for renters as well as residential rental property owners and managers in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Having access to essential information about state and local maintenance codes, dispute resolution and the code enforcement process, and an understanding of the connections between health and housing, are all key components to healthy rental housing. This handbook offers helpful tips and information about ways to ensure rental units and homes are maintained and the legal issues involved with renting property.

Conflict Resolution Training

Brainstorming Chatting

Are you interested in learning the skills to resolve a disagreement or conflict? Have you recently attended one of the Break the Cycle community conversations and want to take a deeper dive into conflict resolution? If so, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations can help! FREE conflict resolution training is available for youth, adults, groups and organizations. Participants will learn the five conflict resolution styles, benefits of active listening and tools to de-escalate difficult situations.

Events and Program Forms

​The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion Award is presented each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during the National Day of Celebration. It is given to individuals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King.

​​Recognizes Mecklenburg's unsung heroes, including grassroots leaders who work behind-the-scenes for the betterment of our neighborhoods