Everyone must have the opportunity to adequately provide for themselves and their families. The family is the indispensable and essential unit of our society, and our nation’s public policy must promote and strengthen the economic security of families.
Special attention must be paid to the basic health needs of the poor and marginalized. Addressing such needs is a matter of fundamental justice. CCUSA believes that the government has an important role to play in helping serve those in need, but must also assist in creating more flexibility and catalyzing local innovation to transform the service delivery system.
CCUSA knows that the home is the foundation of helping families achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Catholic Charities agencies across the country are working to help individuals and families access safe and affordable housing at every level on the continuum from homeless shelters and affordable housing to home purchasing, and we support efforts to ensure that everyone has a place to call home.
CCUSA believes that it is unacceptable in a nation as bountiful as ours that children, adults, and senior citizens experience food insecurity that puts their physical, mental and developmental health at risk. We support efforts to ensure every one of our brothers and sisters who suffer from hunger has access to affordable and nutritious food.
CCUSA supports comprehensive immigration reform that not only protects our border, but also establishes a pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants forced to live in the shadows of this country. We believe immigration reform policies should allow families to remain intact, provide worker protections, and address the plight of children of undocumented immigrants.
Our nation’s social safety net is largely unchanged since the War on Poverty was launched 50 years ago. CCUSA is committed to leading a conversation focused on remaking the fraying safety net to better address the realities of poverty in the 21st century by bringing holistic, market-based, and results-driven reform to social programs.
CCUSA has a special commitment to speak out for populations that are often marginalized from the public sphere, including minorities, immigrants, refugees, the unborn, the elderly, victims of violence, the disabled, children, and families. We will continue to advocate with special concern for members of the military, veterans, and their families.
CCUSA believes education and skills training are essential to the long term success of our nation’s youth and adults. They are fundamental to creating a competitive workforce and a strong economy that benefits us all. Education is not only necessary for economic advancement, but carries with it wide ranging social benefits that promote the common good.