Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Issues - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Housing & Homelessness

Catholic Social Teaching insists that shelter is one of the basic rights of the human person. There must be available to all everything necessary for leading a life truly human such as food, clothing and shelter Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 166, 365, 482

The lack of safe, affordable housing is a national crisis. The Catholic Church supports a recommitment to the national pledge of "safe and affordable housing" for all and effective policies that will increase the supply of quality housing and preserve, maintain, and improve existing housing.

The Catholic Church promotes public/private partnerships, especially those that involve religious communities. We continue to oppose unjust discrimination or unjust exclusion in housing and support measures to help ensure that financial institutions meet the credit needs of local communities.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio supports full funding for the Ohio Housing Trust Fund; increases in the supply of quality housing; and efforts that preserve, maintain, and improve existing housing through public/private partnerships.

Catholic Conference of Ohio Issues State Budget Recommendations

Health, Human Services and Education Areas Addressed In Letter To Ohio House Members

The Conference encourages House members to keep the needs of the poor and vulnerable foremost in mind. "The basic moral test for our society is how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond—unborn children, persons hungry, homeless or unemployed, the elderly, persons in need of health care, persons with disabilities, persons in need of quality education, immigrants and refugees, and persons who are victims of injustice and oppression." 

Full Letter to House
Background Page on Health & Human Services
Background Page on Supporting Families Who Choose Catholic Schools

Labor Day Statement Invites Us To Replace Fear With A Fuller Vision

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Statement

The lack of jobs that can support families, particularly among those without access to higher education, has placed heavy burdens on families and communities across the country. This Labor Day, the Church draws close to these families and expresses words of hope, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development in the 2016 Labor Day statement.

Read the complete statement

Resources on Housing and Homelessness

USCCB Resources on Housing

Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

Save the Dream Ohio Initiative: Ohio Foreclosure Prevention Program

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