Advocacy

CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, we urge policy makers to see the faces of those in need in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

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Recent Letters & Statements

CCUSA Joins Comments on Administration’s Proposed Rule for SNAP Standard Utility Allowance

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP USA), and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s above-referenced …

CCUSA submits comments in opposition to Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review interim rule

CCUSA submitted comments (see here) in opposition to the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)’s interim rule that reorganizes key programs that may affect Catholic Charities agencies. The rule outlines the functions of the Office of Policy and the roles of this newly-formed office and the Office of General Counsel within EOIR. …

Why We Do It

Catholic Charities upholds the dignity of every human person

Pope Francis says, "the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics." Our Catholic faith calls us to serve the most vulnerable and to advocate for justice in social structures. CCUSA and the entire Catholic Charities ministry has a responsibility to advocate for just policy positions and to share our experience of serving those in need.

“The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part…”

DEUS CARITAS EST, NO. 28

Study shows housing vouchers reduced veteran homelessness

The President’s proposed fiscal year 2020 federal budget includes no growth in funding for HUD-VASH – the supportive housing voucher program for homeless veterans – eliminating new vouchers for anyone not currently holding one. William Evans, co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame, was on Capitol …

“We won’t give up on you”: Transformative power and the possibility of Catholic collaboration

In early 2016 Washington state’s Catholic bishops recognized that the economy was creating drastic disparities in wealth and the plight of the poor was reaching a crisis point. With the assistance of diocesan Catholic Charities’ offices, the bishops hosted listening sessions across the state to better understand the “joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties” of people …

If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?

JAMES 2:15-16