Advocacy and Social Policy Initiatives

"For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Galatians 5:14

Our Efforts

In accordance with Catholic Social Doctrine and informed by its member agencies, CCUSA helps government officials understand how policies and legislation affect those who are vulnerable and what changes are needed to serve people better.

Our Approach

By learning from the experiences of its member agencies and evaluating the legislation and policies of government, CCUSA seeks to provide a voice for those living on the margins of society and advocates for their needs and concerns.

  1. CCUSA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops conducted 12 state convenings to discuss federal anti-poverty efforts with local Catholic organizations.

  2. Catholic Charities agencies and CCUSA staff delivered testimony to Congress on issues of importance to the Catholic Charities ministry.

  3. Catholic Charities advocated in support of the Housing through Modernization Act, the Evidence Based Policy Commission Act, and the Puerto Rico Results Based, Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, among others.

Approach to Advocacy

The CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team helps governments understand better the impact that poverty has on the American economy and family. We educate policymakers on the ways people in need are being served by their local Catholic Charities agencies. We also encourage those most affected by governmental decisions to share their experiences, which in turn helps to inform policies.

The Impact

In 2016, the following efforts were organized by the CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team:

  • 491 Meetings with Policy-makers on the Hill

  • 22 Issues Raised with Congress

  • 50K People Engaged in Social Policy Concerns