In communities across America, Catholic Charities agencies are responding to local needs by developing programs that help feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless. Click on a topic area below to learn how Catholic Charities agencies are making an impact.
The 2013 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the sobering reality of too many Americans struggling to provide for their families.
Other official poverty numbers are available from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, these statistics don’t tell the whole story.
CCUSA believes that the current standard for measuring poverty and establishing eligibility criteria for poverty relief services are fundamentally flawed and outdated. These traditional measures are not inclusive of the real need, and ignore the reality that every day nearly 30 million Americans are at risk of falling into poverty. CCUSA encourages the use of a broader set of indicators beyond the traditional measures that more holistically assess human well-being in the United States.