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    Catholic Campaign for Human Development


    Never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!
    Pope Francis, Apostolic Journey to Rio De Janeiro

    CCHD: Working on the Margins

    Mission & Identity

    Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "... to bring good news to the poor ...  release to captives ...  sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18)

    The belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out.

    Read more about CCHD's Mission & Identity.

    Happening Now

    Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award
    CCHD is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. Deadline: April 30, 2014.

    Reflections on CCHD and Lent from Ralph McCloud
    The director of CCHD writes on the meaning of charity, fasting and Pope Francis in these weekly Lenten Reflections.

    Minimum Wage
    The USCCB supports a living wage for workers. In an opinion piece. . . in the Sun Sentinel, USCCB Domestic Justice Chairman Archbishop Wenski calls for an end to "corporate welfare" and an increase in the federal minimum wage.

    CCHD Internships
    CCHD is now accepting applications for 2014 internships in dioceses and at the USCCB.

    CCHD in the News

    Payday Lending
    CCHD grantee Illinois People's Action is celebrating their victory in getting predatory payday lending out of their community!

    CCHD and Homelessness
    National Catholic Reporter reports on what a CCHD grantee is doing to overcome homeless in Virginia.

    Faith-based Community Organizing
    This feature report in Commonweal details the positive impact of CCHD on community development efforts across the country. Read Getting Organized.

    Criminal Justice Reform
    America Magazine took note of CCHD's efforts to advance criminal justice reform: Punishment and Poverty. CCHD Looks at America's Incarceration Addiction

    CCHD: Putting the Gospel into Practice
    America Magazine explores why organizing the poor really is Catholic.

    2013-14 Community Development and Economic Development Grants

    Bishops' Subcommittee On The Catholic Campaign For Human Development Approves Grants Totaling Over $9 Million

    CCHD Working on the Margins - Highlights

    CCHD supports the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants Campaign. CCHD recently awarded nearly $1 million in special grants to advance comprehensive immigration reform.

    Strategic National Grants Program
    To address neglected dimensions of poverty, like family life hurricane-sandy-new-york-beach-cns-reuters-montage
    and a broken criminal justice system, CCHD awarded more than $2 million as part of its Strategic National Grants Program. See CCHD's 2013 grantees.

    Hurricane Sandy
    When Hurricane Sandy hit, CCHD was there to assist communities in reconstruction efforts.

    Tools & Resources

    Video Library
    Visit CCHD's Video Library to see the Poverty Tour and other informational videos.

    US Economic Crisis: Hope in a Time of Poverty
    Reflections on Poverty in America
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    CCHD Newsletter
    Helping People Help Themselves features The Student Leaders' Von Nieda Park Task Force, a community organizing group from Camden, NJ.

    CCHD Brochure
    Basic information on CCHD | En Español

    Economic Development
    CCHD Economic Development Brochure | En Español

    What is CCHD?
    Handout: The Gospel in Action | En Español

    Review and Renewal
    Information on the Review and Renewal of CCHD and the Truth About CCHD

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