Catholic Conference of Ohio
Friday, September 21, 2018

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.

Federal Budget Should Build Toward Common Good, Say U.S. Bishops Chairmen

After the Trump Administration released its federal budget proposal, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and the Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed deep concerns about many of the priorities outlined in the blueprint, and called on Congress to "ensure a budget for our country that honors our obligations to build toward the common good."

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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Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

Oh God, we didn't see them.

But you did-

The hundreds and thousands of human beings trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.

Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don't really want to see them.

But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:

No mas. No more.

Amen