Poverty USA and CCHD
CCHD helps low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities—and nurtures solidarity between poor and non-poor populations.
The domestic anti-poverty program of the US Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is an instrument of the Catholic Church working to break the cycle of poverty.
Established in 1970 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, CCHD has a two-fold mandate:
- To help low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, their families, and communities.
- To provide education and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes.
This dual strategy of “helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves” and “education for economic justice” reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching.
There are two different, but complimentary, ways that we can walk the path of love, or caritas. We call these the “Two Feet of Love in Action,” based on Pope Benedict XVI’s reflections in Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) and Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth).
The Eucharist, celebrated as a community, teaches us about human dignity; calls us to the right relationship with God, ourselves, and others; invites us to community and solidarity; and sends us on mission to help transform our communities, neighborhoods, and world.
The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.
Learn more about CCHD and Catholic Social Teaching. For more information about fighting global poverty, visit Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a joint initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).