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

Catholic Charities USA calls on Congress to support Housing First

In a letter to Congress, Catholic Charities USA President and CEO Sister Donna Markham urged members to adopt a Housing First approach to tackling housing instability in America. Housing First is an evidence-based approach to addressing housing instability by eliminating barriers to access housing. Once a family is housed, Catholic Charities agencies can then administer …

CCUSA urges House of Representatives to pass emergency spending bill for Puerto Rico

Catholic Charities USA requested that the House of Representatives pass H.R. 5687, the $4.67 billion emergency supplemental spending bill for Puerto Rico. As introduced, $3.26 billion is allocated to the Community Development Block Grant Program, which would allow Puerto Rico to spend money on long-term recovery, housing and economic revitalization and mitigation. Another $1.26 billion …

Catholic Charities USA joins Catholic Leaders to Voice Opposition to Proclamation Further Restricting Immigration and Family Reunification

“We urge the administration to reverse this action and consider the human and strategic costs of these harmful bans.” Alexandria, Va. (February 2, 2020) — The President issued a proclamation yesterday restricting the issuance of immigrant visas to people from Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria. People from Sudan and Tanzania will no longer be …

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…”


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 those who are 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” …

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