Increase the Availability of Affordable Housing for Low- and Moderate-Income Families

Published on February 1st, 2016


The continuum of safe, affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families and individuals needs to be preserved and expanded, especially in rural areas.

Conference Position
The Council of Catholic Charities Directors seeks the expansion of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families and individuals.


The Catholic Church is a major provider of housing to the poor, including low wage working people, the elderly and the disabled in our state and our nation. Our service to these populations reflects the living embodiment of what we call the “preferential option for the poor,” which reminds us that a basic moral test of society is how its most vulnerable members are faring. Today, many families cannot afford decent housing, or must spend so much of their limited income for shelter that they forego other necessities, such as food and medicine.  The Council of Catholic Charities Directors “support housing policies which seek to preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing and help families pay for it.”

The major goals for our housing policy are:

  • Preservation: Effective policies to help preserve, maintain, and improve what low-cost, decent housing already exists and adequately fund services provided by Rural and Neighborhood Housing and Preservation Corporations;
  • Production: Creative, cost-effective, and flexible programs to increase the supply of quality housing for low-income families, the elderly and other vulnerable people;
  • Participation: Encourage the active and sustained involvement and empowerment of the homeless, tenants, neighborhood residents, and housing consumers. We need to build on the American traditions of home ownership, self-help, and neighborhood participation while also ensuring access to quality, affordable rental housing;
  • Partnership: Ongoing support for effective and creative partnerships among nonprofit community groups, churches, private developers, government at all levels, and financial institutions to build and preserve affordable housing;
  • Affordability: Efforts to help families obtain decent housing at costs that do not require neglect of other basic necessities, including demonstration programs to develop supportive housing for families and expanded availability of adequate rental subsidies; and
  • Opportunity: Stronger efforts to combat discrimination in housing against racial and ethnic minorities, women, those with handicapping conditions, and families with children.

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