Affordable Housing

"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." Luke 9:58

Our Efforts

Homelessness or the risk of homelessness affects millions of Americans every year. Job loss, low wages, disability, substance abuse, family conflict, domestic violence and other factors contribute to the problem. While most people experiencing or facing homelessness are adults, particularly veterans, many of the homeless include families with children.

Our Approach

Catholic Charities agencies serve at every point in the housing continuum: from providing affordable housing and offering foreclosure prevention support 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.

  1. We work to prevent homelessness by providing financial assistance for rent, mortgage or utility payments; and by helping to resolve issues that may lead to homelessness.

Approach to Advocacy

Catholic Charities USA advocates for policies that increase families' access to safe, affordable housing, and that end homelessness. In particular, we call for the protection of resources for targeted housing vouchers, housing counseling programs, and programs established by the McKinney Vento Act. We also urge the protection of funding for the National Housing Trust Fund, ensuring its solvency to provide a new supply of housing for families who are most vulnerable.

The Impact

In 2016, the Catholic Charities ministry served more than 550,000 people of all ages with housing services such as foreclosure counseling, rental assistance, home mortgage assistance and home repair, among others. In addition, more than 73,000 individuals and families were assisted in attaining affordable permanent housing.

  • 37K Housing Units

  • 201 Shelters

  • 36K Supervised Living Services