Grants Given To Community Groups To Support Grassroots Efforts
WASHINGTON (October 26, 2007)–The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) distributed more than $9.5 million in grants to local organizations working to overcome poverty in the United States.
The 2007, grants, totaling $9,578,000, will be used by 314 projects in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The average award is $30,500 and will go to local organizations that address the specific concerns of their poor and low-income members. These groups work toward economic justice, fair housing, health care access, living wages, and immigrant and worker rights, among other concerns.
John Carr, CCHD interim executive director, highlighted CCHD's importance.
"Overcoming widespread poverty in the richest nation on earth is a moral imperative. The U.S. Census Bureau report released in August indicates that 36.5 million Americans still live at or below the poverty line ($20,614 for a family of four). The Catholic Campaign for Human Development invests in bottom-up, community empowerment strategies across the United States."
CCHD is supported by Catholics through an annual, national collection taken up in Catholic parishes, generally the weekend before Thanksgiving. Twenty-five percent of the donations remain in the diocese for local CCHD initiatives and the remainder is distributed across the country.
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, of Albany, New York, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) CCHD Committee, noted Catholic support for the Campaign.
"Our people are generous in their efforts to help their poor and low-income neighbors through CCHD. We are grateful for their confidence. We are also challenged by the ever-increasing need for our help," he said.
The following groups are representative of the organizations funded in 2007:
Established in 1970, CCHD is the USCCB's national anti-poverty program. Since its founding, CCHD has given more than $300 million in grants to 7,800 projects aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty.
Note to Editors: In the 2007 funding cycle, grants were made in every state except Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Wyoming, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You may want to contact the CCHD diocesan director in your local area for more information or to arrange an interview with a member of a funded organization. A complete listing of directors is available at the CCHD website: www.usccb.org/cchd/director.shtml.