Policies we Support

Health Care

Health care reform must protect the lives, dignity, consciences and health of all from conception, through maturity, and aging

We Support:

♥ Easy access to quality, affordable and compassionate treatment for every person seeking care.

♥ Policies that provide integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment.

♥ Provisions against abortion and in favor of conscience protection,

♥ Affordability and immigrants’ access to be part of fair and just health care reform.

Housing

The Society receives ongoing calls for emergency housing assistance and requests for help with utilities nationwide.

We Support:

♥ Fully funding affordable housing programs such as Section 8 and Section 202 and preserving housing vouchers for extremely low-income households.

♥ Increased funding for homeless assistance programs, along with providing housing with supportive services, including Emergency Food and Shelter Program and Emergency Shelter Grant Program.

♥ Homeownership and strengthening programs aimed at increasing homeownership.

♥ Capitalizing a National Housing Trust Fund. Increasing permanent housing for low and moderate-income families.

♥ Foreclosure prevention, including keeping families caught in the sub-prime lending crisis housed.

♥ Utility assistance, such as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help needy individuals and families.

Hunger

Thousands of calls for food assistance pour into the Society from individuals and families in need.

We Support:

♥ Adequate funding for health and nutrition programs that serve food insecure individuals and families.

♥ New funding for federal child nutrition programs. The National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, play critical roles in preventing hunger and promoting healthy diets.

♥ Adequate funding for Emergency Food Assistance Program and Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

♥ Food assistance programs need to be easily accessible to those who qualify and must work in conjunction with any poverty reduction program.

♥ Prompt and effective emergency funding of food programs to alleviate immediate suffering, including quick- response to people affected by disasters.

Tackling Global Hunger

Special attention to the 1.1 billion persons who live in extreme poverty, making less than one dollar a day.

We Support:

♥ Food sufficiency and adequate access to water must be a global priority. By embracing the least, the entire world reaps abundant benefits.

♥ Global leaders, to focus on the mitigation of circumstances that affect safe food and drinking water, along with agricultural self-sufficiency of the poor. US farm subsidy program practices that disadvantage poor farmers in developing countries must be eliminated.

Immigration

Immigration policies need to be based upon the following guiding principles.

√ People have the right to find opportunities in their own homelands.

√ People have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families.

√ Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders.

√ Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection.

√ Human dignity and human rights of the undocumented migrants must be respected.

Reference: “Strangers No Longer, Together on the Journey of Hope,” A Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States, January 2003. Nos. 33-38.

We Support:

♥ Adoption of an immigration policy that is comprehensive and provides legal status and legal avenues for entry into the United States.

♥ Allowing children of undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for five years, were under the age of 16 when they came to our country through no fault of their own, to become legal permanent residents thus allowing them to qualify for in-state tuition and other educational benefits.

♥ Providing temporary agricultural workers with a path to legalization while providing them protection of U.S. labor laws, job portability and a just wage.

Restorative Justice

The number of incarcerated adults continues to expand. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports 1 in 31 US adults in jail or prison, on probation, or on parole. The failure of the correctional system has resulted in a recidivism rate

(individuals returned to prison) of over 50% in most states. When correctional system budgets, equal or surpass education budgets, it is clear systemic change is needed.

We Support:

♥ The development of a new model for our nation based on restorative justice: a process that rights wrongs and begins the healing needed for victims and their families, for offenders and their families, and for the community at large.

♥ Retooling the current system with a focus on reparation, forgiveness, hope, and rehabilitation.


Neighborhood Safety + Excellence in Education

Safe neighborhoods encourage common values and a sense of community pride. Public safety, clean communities, educational opportunities, teaching the intrinsic value of every person is do-able when neighborhoods are safe. Seeking ways to remove fear and distrust among residents will go a long way in deterring crime and violence.

We Support:

♥ Making education a national and local priority with access to quality early education for children who live at or below the poverty level.

♥ Educational building blocks and a path, from primary through high school that is measurable, provides life skills, and leads to real opportunities.

♥ Encouraging stronger volunteerism within communities. Finding opportunities for mentoring programs, such as, between youth and the elderly, to help solve problems of isolation, build community spirit, establish a good value orientation, and begin to solve moral dilemmas encountered by those who do not have the family structure to learn basic core values.

♥ Encouraging peace centers. Safe havens within troubled communities can be an important first step in bridge building. ♥ Developing activities for youth to encourage their development and to create hope for a better world. ♥ Discouraging the use of predatory loans by establishing stricter guidelines for lenders. Encouraging small loan alternatives for low-income communities. Providing opportunities which allow individuals and families to bank safely

YOU CANNOT GIVE IN CHARITY WHAT YOU OWE IN JUSTICE.

Justice “prompts us to give the other what is ‘his,’ what is due to him by reason of his being or acting. “I cannot ‘give’ what is mine to the other, without first giving him what pertains to him in justice. If we love others…then we are first of all just towards them” (Caritas in Veritate, no. 6).
(Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)