• 1 in 7 American households were food insecure last year

  • 46.5 Million People live in Poverty

  • 1.6 million children stayed in a shelter or emergency housing last year

  • Nearly 50% of people experiencing income poverty have a disability

More than 46 million Americans live in Poverty USA.

CCHD LogoPovertyUSA is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. An initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), PovertyUSA seeks to educate and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes.

Poverty Resources

Poverty USA Tour

Poverty USA Tour

What's life like at the poverty line? It's one impossible choice after another—between food and medicine, getting ...

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Poverty Map

Poverty Map

This map can help bring to life the statistics and scope of Poverty USA. Use the ...

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Snapshots of Poverty

Snapshots of Poverty

What can someone's personal items tell you about them?  A lot, when it comes to the ...

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Poverty Facts

Poverty Facts

The Population of Poverty USA In 2014, 47 million people lived in Poverty USA. That means the ...

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Stories of Hope

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No Boundaries Coalition

The members of St. Peter Claver have long viewed their parish as a refuge—a sacred space ...

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The Micah Project

The Micah Project is a non-denominational, non-partisan organization that works with people of all faiths to ...

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Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children

As painful as it is to picture a child arrested for habitual truancy, it is devastating ...

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Illinois People’s Action

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of injecting sand, water, and chemicals at a high pressure ...

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The Catholic Multicultural Center

Environmental stewardship is a core value of the Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) in Madison, Wisconsin. The ...

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United Workers Association

United Workers, composed of low-wage workers, organizes to promote human rights and fair development in Baltimore ...

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BOLD Justice

In five short years, clergy from twenty interfaith, interracial congregations in southeast Florida have come together ...

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People Engaged in Active Community Efforts (PEACE)

Youth crime, wage theft, unemployment... Palm Beach, Florida, has many of the same problems as any ...

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Holy Rosary Credit Union

“It’s the look on someone’s face when they finally have a car to get to work, ...

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New Mexico Acequia Association

For more than 400 years, family farmers and ranchers in arid New Mexico have relied on ...

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A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy

A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS) is an ecumenical community organization focused on identifying and rectifying social ...

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Taxi Workers’ Alliance of Pennsylvania

Cab drivers in Philadelphia look like the United Nations on wheels. They hail from six continents ...

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Latino Union of Chicago

New immigrants, grateful for work, are easy prey for unscrupulous employers. People seeking to support their ...

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Illinois People’s Action

A $325 loan should not lead to a family’s economic ruin—but for millions of people in ...

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