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3 Poverty in America 36.5 million Americans live in poverty, including 12.8 million children (not statistically different than 2005) 12.3 % of the U.S. population, down from 12.6% for the first time this decade Small improvements were seen in the rate of seniors and Hispanics living in poverty Federal Poverty Level in 2006 is $20,000 for a family of four * 47 million people do not have health insurance, up from 44.8 million in 2005 Higher rates of poverty for people of color Most of the poor work –Nearly two out of three families with incomes below the poverty line include one or more workers. Almost half of all Americans will have experienced poverty for a year or more at some point in their lives by the time they reach age 60. * Census Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: million Americans live in poverty, including 12.8 million children (not statistically different than 2005) 12.3 % of the U.S. population, down from 12.6% for the first time this decade Small improvements were seen in the rate of seniors and Hispanics living in poverty Federal Poverty Level in 2006 is $20,000 for a family of four * 47 million people do not have health insurance, up from 44.8 million in 2005 Higher rates of poverty for people of color Most of the poor work –Nearly two out of three families with incomes below the poverty line include one or more workers. Almost half of all Americans will have experienced poverty for a year or more at some point in their lives by the time they reach age 60. * Census Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2006

4 Roots of the Campaign August 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast As a country we saw the disproportionate affect of disaster on the poor- and Poverty was brought into the national spotlight, for a fleeting moment. Poverty has not been a “hot topic” for the media, even though it affects such a large portion of our population. For perspective a FAIR ( Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) study released September 7, 2007 showed that the three main networks had only 58 stories,-quoting just 191 sources- about poverty in a 3 year period (9/11/03– 10/30/06). Assuming the average number of sources in one year to be over 14,000, poverty sources only accounted for 0.4 % of all stories August 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast As a country we saw the disproportionate affect of disaster on the poor- and Poverty was brought into the national spotlight, for a fleeting moment. Poverty has not been a “hot topic” for the media, even though it affects such a large portion of our population. For perspective a FAIR ( Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) study released September 7, 2007 showed that the three main networks had only 58 stories,-quoting just 191 sources- about poverty in a 3 year period (9/11/03– 10/30/06). Assuming the average number of sources in one year to be over 14,000, poverty sources only accounted for 0.4 % of all stories

5 Why Catholic Charities? Historic role as “Attorney for the Poor” We bring “real world” experiences of clients and agencies We act as a moral voice on behalf of the poor and vulnerable We work with clients to use their own voices Catholic Charities USA and agencies across the country are respected by policymakers Our collective voice makes an impact –We CAN and DO make a difference! Historic role as “Attorney for the Poor” We bring “real world” experiences of clients and agencies We act as a moral voice on behalf of the poor and vulnerable We work with clients to use their own voices Catholic Charities USA and agencies across the country are respected by policymakers Our collective voice makes an impact –We CAN and DO make a difference!

6 Roots of the Campaign Catholic Charities agencies, who serve over 7 million people each year, saw the need to bring Poverty back into public dialogue In 2006, Catholic Charities USA’s released the policy paper, Poverty in America: A Threat to the Common Good This paper establishes framework of what has become the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America –Church teaching on why we advocate for the poor –Experiences of those living in poverty –Identifies simple policy changes our nation can make –Call to action for Catholic Charities Changing political landscape Opportunity to establish a bold agenda The Campaign actualizes our call Catholic Charities agencies, who serve over 7 million people each year, saw the need to bring Poverty back into public dialogue In 2006, Catholic Charities USA’s released the policy paper, Poverty in America: A Threat to the Common Good This paper establishes framework of what has become the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America –Church teaching on why we advocate for the poor –Experiences of those living in poverty –Identifies simple policy changes our nation can make –Call to action for Catholic Charities Changing political landscape Opportunity to establish a bold agenda The Campaign actualizes our call

7 Poverty in America Poverty is a moral and social wound on our nation…..it threatens the health and economic well-being of families and of our country.

8 What is the Campaign? Multi-year initiative to cut poverty in half by 2020 Multi-faceted approach –Public Policy: a call for change –Public awareness: spread the good news –Agency action: your involvement makes a difference –Client engagement: voices of those who are most impacted –All people of good will: join us! TO CREATE THE POLITICAL WILL TO REDUCE POVERTY IN HALF… TO MAKE OUR NATION WHOLE. Multi-year initiative to cut poverty in half by 2020 Multi-faceted approach –Public Policy: a call for change –Public awareness: spread the good news –Agency action: your involvement makes a difference –Client engagement: voices of those who are most impacted –All people of good will: join us! TO CREATE THE POLITICAL WILL TO REDUCE POVERTY IN HALF… TO MAKE OUR NATION WHOLE.

9 Campaign Goals Cut poverty in the United States by 50 percent by year 2020 Call upon the government to better serve the poor and improve public policies that strengthen and support families Educate policymakers and the public about the struggles of those living in poverty Engage those who are most impacted by government policies to be active participants in developing solutions to reducing poverty Partner with individuals, government, and organizations to address poverty in our country Cut poverty in the United States by 50 percent by year 2020 Call upon the government to better serve the poor and improve public policies that strengthen and support families Educate policymakers and the public about the struggles of those living in poverty Engage those who are most impacted by government policies to be active participants in developing solutions to reducing poverty Partner with individuals, government, and organizations to address poverty in our country

10 Leadership, Partnership, Accountability Leadership –Continuing Catholic Charities two-century history of providing services –Asking others to take leadership Partnership –Working with government, other organizations, and all people of good will to accomplish the goal of reducing poverty Accountability –Holding our nation and leaders at all levels of government accountable to ensuring that everyone has basic material necessities of life Leadership –Continuing Catholic Charities two-century history of providing services –Asking others to take leadership Partnership –Working with government, other organizations, and all people of good will to accomplish the goal of reducing poverty Accountability –Holding our nation and leaders at all levels of government accountable to ensuring that everyone has basic material necessities of life

11 Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Priorities for the 110 th Congress HUNGER –All persons should have adequate food and water to nourish their bodies –e.g., strengthen the Food Stamp Program for low-income families and individuals HEALTH CARE –Every person should have access to equitable and affordable health care –e.g., expand health care coverage for children under SCHIP HOUSING –Every person should have a safe, decent, affordable place to live –e.g., improve the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act to help homeless families FAMILY ECONOMIC SECURITY –All persons should have the opportunity to adequately provide for themselves and their families. –e.g., raise the minimum wage HUNGER –All persons should have adequate food and water to nourish their bodies –e.g., strengthen the Food Stamp Program for low-income families and individuals HEALTH CARE –Every person should have access to equitable and affordable health care –e.g., expand health care coverage for children under SCHIP HOUSING –Every person should have a safe, decent, affordable place to live –e.g., improve the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act to help homeless families FAMILY ECONOMIC SECURITY –All persons should have the opportunity to adequately provide for themselves and their families. –e.g., raise the minimum wage

12 Strategies: Public Education and Awareness National Launch and Media Campaign (January 2007) –Inform Congress and the media about CCUSA’s legislative agenda –Establish goal to cut poverty in half Capitol Hill Briefings on Primary Issue Areas (throughout 2007) –Hold strategic briefings to inform Congress on our primary issue areas Launch Fatherhood Initiative (June 2007) –Organize national discussion on Fatherhood as a family economic security issue The Needs of the Working Poor (November 2007) –Release survey of services provided by Catholic Charities agencies –Document needs of poor in our nation Ongoing media at national and local levels –Press releases, letters to the editor, op-eds Word of mouth –Parish/community forums, endorsements, local advertising National Launch and Media Campaign (January 2007) –Inform Congress and the media about CCUSA’s legislative agenda –Establish goal to cut poverty in half Capitol Hill Briefings on Primary Issue Areas (throughout 2007) –Hold strategic briefings to inform Congress on our primary issue areas Launch Fatherhood Initiative (June 2007) –Organize national discussion on Fatherhood as a family economic security issue The Needs of the Working Poor (November 2007) –Release survey of services provided by Catholic Charities agencies –Document needs of poor in our nation Ongoing media at national and local levels –Press releases, letters to the editor, op-eds Word of mouth –Parish/community forums, endorsements, local advertising

13 Endorse the Campaign Please join us in this fight to reduce poverty and support those in our communities with limited resources by endorsing the Campaign. By endorsing the Campaign you are making the statement that you agree with the Campaign goals, in essence you want to reduce poverty in America, and that you are going to take action. Encourage others to endorse the Campaign! Staff Coalitions Friends Community leaders

14 Agency Engagement and Action: Advocacy Endorsers of the Campaign receive regular Action Alerts on poverty, and specific issues that allow them to – and call your Members of Congress –Join colleagues and let your voice be heard! –Sign up today at Engage in regular interactions with your Members of Congress –At home Meetings Invite them to visit your programs Attend town hall meetings Be a resource –In Washington join CCUSA members in D.C. for advocacy training and Hill visits Endorsers of the Campaign receive regular Action Alerts on poverty, and specific issues that allow them to – and call your Members of Congress –Join colleagues and let your voice be heard! –Sign up today at Engage in regular interactions with your Members of Congress –At home Meetings Invite them to visit your programs Attend town hall meetings Be a resource –In Washington join CCUSA members in D.C. for advocacy training and Hill visits

15 Agency and Individual Engagement: Other Activities CCUSA has developed numerous tools for agencies and individuals to use to spread the word about poverty –Website –Blog (web log) –Materials Press Release Legislative Agenda Facts about poverty Policy Paper –Advocacy manual –Study guide –Online endorsement –20 things you can do to reduce poverty –Brochures –Prayer Cards CCUSA has developed numerous tools for agencies and individuals to use to spread the word about poverty –Website –Blog (web log) –Materials Press Release Legislative Agenda Facts about poverty Policy Paper –Advocacy manual –Study guide –Online endorsement –20 things you can do to reduce poverty –Brochures –Prayer Cards

16 Get Involved! Get Others Involved! Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Pray Use Scripture Catholic social teaching Pray Use Scripture Catholic social teaching Reflect 1) Pray for those whose lives are impacted by poverty 2) Use Scripture to deepen your understanding of poverty 3) Familiarize yourself with Catholic social teaching on the poorPrayUse ScriptureCatholic social teaching factsstories use the study guide Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page factsstories use the study guide Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page Get Informed 4) Educate yourself about poverty in your community and in the United States. Read Poverty in America: A Threat to the Common Good and other facts and stories about poverty. Also, use the study guide to the poverty paper. 5) Identify an issue (such as health care, housing, hunger, economic security, or moral budget priorities) that you are passionate about and can take action on. 6) Make yourself familiar with legislation and policy proposals that impact those low- income families and individuals. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page. 7) Reach out to those living in poverty in your community by participating in parish and community activities and service.factsstoriesuse the study guideVisit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Pray Use Scripture Catholic social teaching Pray Use Scripture Catholic social teaching Reflect 1) Pray for those whose lives are impacted by poverty 2) Use Scripture to deepen your understanding of poverty 3) Familiarize yourself with Catholic social teaching on the poorPrayUse ScriptureCatholic social teaching factsstories use the study guide Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page factsstories use the study guide Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page Get Informed 4) Educate yourself about poverty in your community and in the United States. Read Poverty in America: A Threat to the Common Good and other facts and stories about poverty. Also, use the study guide to the poverty paper. 5) Identify an issue (such as health care, housing, hunger, economic security, or moral budget priorities) that you are passionate about and can take action on. 6) Make yourself familiar with legislation and policy proposals that impact those low- income families and individuals. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page. 7) Reach out to those living in poverty in your community by participating in parish and community activities and service.factsstoriesuse the study guideVisit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page

17 Get Involved! Get Others Involved! Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Get Organized 8) Invite those who are directly impacted by poverty to join your discussions of the paper and become participants in the actions you all take to address poverty. 9) Identify existing resources or advocacy groups working on your issue in your community. 10) Reach out to those living in poverty in your community by participating in parish and community activities and service. 11) Develop a working group within your church and community- to help spread the word and raise concerns about “your issue”- make sure to involve some low- income families on your work group. 12) Share what you have learned with others in your community and encourage them to take action too. Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Get Organized 8) Invite those who are directly impacted by poverty to join your discussions of the paper and become participants in the actions you all take to address poverty. 9) Identify existing resources or advocacy groups working on your issue in your community. 10) Reach out to those living in poverty in your community by participating in parish and community activities and service. 11) Develop a working group within your church and community- to help spread the word and raise concerns about “your issue”- make sure to involve some low- income families on your work group. 12) Share what you have learned with others in your community and encourage them to take action too.

18 Get Involved! Get Others Involved! Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page Contact your local elected officials Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page Contact your local elected officials Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Get Involved 13) Let your voice be heard by involving yourself in advocacy activities at the local, state and national levels. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page. 14) Identify key power brokers within your church and community who can assist you with your advocacy efforts. 15) Join your diocesan or Catholic Charities legislative network and become an active participant. 16) Contact your local elected officials with specific concerns about poverty in your community and ask for a staff contact to follow up with. Follow up with that staff. 17) Engage your state legislators and U.S. Congressional members. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center. 18) Once you have a strong understanding of your issue, have organized some community support, and know what changes you would like to see, engage your local media to call attention to what is happening in your community. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center.Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy pageContact your local elected officialsVisit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action CenterVisit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page Contact your local elected officials Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page Contact your local elected officials Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center Get Involved 13) Let your voice be heard by involving yourself in advocacy activities at the local, state and national levels. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy page. 14) Identify key power brokers within your church and community who can assist you with your advocacy efforts. 15) Join your diocesan or Catholic Charities legislative network and become an active participant. 16) Contact your local elected officials with specific concerns about poverty in your community and ask for a staff contact to follow up with. Follow up with that staff. 17) Engage your state legislators and U.S. Congressional members. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center. 18) Once you have a strong understanding of your issue, have organized some community support, and know what changes you would like to see, engage your local media to call attention to what is happening in your community. Visit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center.Visit Catholic Charities USA’s advocacy pageContact your local elected officialsVisit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action CenterVisit Catholic Charities USA’s Legislative Action Center

19 Get Involved! Get Others Involved! Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities Contact your local Catholic Charities agency Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities Contact your local Catholic Charities agency Volunteer 19) Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities in your community. Contact your local Catholic Charities agency to find out how you can serve your community.Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities Contact your local Catholic Charities agency 20)Support Catholic Charities’ efforts Donate 20)Support Catholic Charities’ efforts.Support Catholic Charities’ effortsSupport Catholic Charities’ efforts Twenty Things You Can Do To Address Poverty Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities Contact your local Catholic Charities agency Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities Contact your local Catholic Charities agency Volunteer 19) Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities in your community. Contact your local Catholic Charities agency to find out how you can serve your community.Learn about volunteering with Catholic Charities Contact your local Catholic Charities agency 20)Support Catholic Charities’ efforts Donate 20)Support Catholic Charities’ efforts.Support Catholic Charities’ effortsSupport Catholic Charities’ efforts

20 Why Everyone should be involved Poverty is a threat to the common good, a threat that needs the assistance of all people of good will. Together we can partner and work in our own communities to create change for those that live among us. We CAN create the political will to reduce poverty in this country. Poverty is a threat to the common good, a threat that needs the assistance of all people of good will. Together we can partner and work in our own communities to create change for those that live among us. We CAN create the political will to reduce poverty in this country.

21 Contact Us Candy Hill, Senior Vice President for Social Policy Christin Driscoll, Senior Director for Policy Development and Advocacy Desmond Brown, Director of Health and Welfare Policy Monica Maggiano, Senior Campaign Manager Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America Catholic Charities USA 1731 King Street Alexandria, VA (703) Candy Hill, Senior Vice President for Social Policy Christin Driscoll, Senior Director for Policy Development and Advocacy Desmond Brown, Director of Health and Welfare Policy Monica Maggiano, Senior Campaign Manager Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America Catholic Charities USA 1731 King Street Alexandria, VA (703)


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