• 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 2012, 46.5 million people lived in Poverty USA. That’s means the ...

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Stories of Hope

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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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Good Dog! Biscuits & Treats, Lawrence Community Shelter

In Lawrence, Kansas, a successful business is giving its employees a hand up while giving its ...

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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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Tenants & Workers United

Tenants and Workers United (TWU) began in response to the threatened eviction of 8,000 low-income tenants ...

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Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People

Payday lending, though legal, targets low-income neighborhoods and mid-wage earners. Most recipients of this abusive practice ...

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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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Community Labor United

In 2008, Massachusetts passed groundbreaking legislation requiring utilities to maximize energy efficiency. However, the Community Labor United ...

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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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Omaha Together One Community

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) is a multi-ethnic, ecumenical organization committed to promoting a safe, healthy ...

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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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Tohono O’odham Community Action

In the Sonoran Desert west of Tucson, Arizona, a small group of people is rediscovering its ...

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