Catholic Charities agencies serve at every point in the housing continuum: from quality project real estate development to conducting homeless outreach. From this wide perspective, we see the emotional, physical and financial toll being levied upon millions of families and individuals as a result of America’s affordable housing crisis. Catholic Charities works to prevent homelessness by providing financial assistance for rent and utility payments. We also help to resolve issues that may lead to homelessness.
WHY WE DO IT
Having a stable, affordable home is essential for both individuals and society. A safe and decent home allows parents to maintain jobs, children to stay in the same schools, and the local economy to be supported. Having a home also underscores the inherent dignity of the persons who live there.
“The lack of safe, affordable housing requires a renewed commitment to increase the supply of quality housing and to preserve, maintain, and improve existing housing through public/private partnerships…”
USCCB, FORMING CONSCIENCES FOR FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP, 2011