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Catholic Campaign for Human Development approves $14M in grants

Catholic World News - June 20, 2014

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the US bishops’ domestic anti-poverty program, has approved $14 million in grants “to empower poor and low-income communities to overcome poverty and injustice,” according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

$10 million has been allocated to “regular annual” grants, which “will support community-based organizations addressing the structural causes of poverty, such as unjust immigration and criminal justice policies, as well as organizations promoting economic development, through initiatives such as cooperatives and community lending institutions.”

$4 million has been allocated to “strategic national” grants, which include

support for the launching of a Catholic institute dedicated to addressing systemic economic and social problems along the Mexico-U.S. border; the promotion of community land trusts on nationwide scale to promote affordable homeownership; a statewide organizing effort to promote quality public education for poor and low-income communities in Pennsylvania; and support for a major initiative of the Washington State Catholic Conference to both get African American and farmworker communities engaged in the public square and to create support networks for expecting families.

“The bishops also voted to provide support to four targeted dioceses across the country to increase enrollment in Catholic schools of Latino and Hispanic children, who often lack the means to attend,” according to the USCCB.

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  • Posted by: normnuke - Jun. 21, 2014 3:00 PM ET USA

    Why do I suspect that 'getting African and farmworker communities engaged in the public square' really means herding them to the polls to vote dem?

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jun. 21, 2014 2:35 PM ET USA

    All high minded titles of support. Unjust Immigration? What is unjust is the invasion of someone's country with the end of being supported by them. We are being targeted and I don't hear anything from the Church. I do not trust the USCCB to provide an honest use of funds provided to them. Hundreds of billions have been provided to reduce poverty by we the taxpayers through our efficient leaders and we have more poverty in the end. Wise up America. We are doing the wrong thing.

  • Posted by: mrschips19308196 - Jun. 20, 2014 8:46 PM ET USA

    We give only to Aid to the Church in Need.....and not to CRS or CCHD. I can really trust them.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 20, 2014 11:08 AM ET USA

    “The bishops also voted to provide support to four targeted dioceses across the country to increase enrollment in Catholic schools of Latino and Hispanic children, who often lack the means to attend.” It doesn't matter where you live, every time a school closes, the ill effects will soon affect the parish and the community. The USCCB needs to halt all school closures everywhere instead of sending the money overseas - regardless of their ethnicity.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jun. 20, 2014 9:10 AM ET USA

    I wish there were more details and some kind of independent analysis of what these programs really do. The names of projects receiving donations all sound high-minded, but I can't escape the feeling they may merely be covering for more liberal political "remedies" of the type we've seen far too much of since the days of Lyndon Johnson and his disastrous "War on Poverty". I wish I could trust the bishops more, but after the many scandals I simply cannot.

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