Combating Domestic Poverty

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.

Founded in 1969, CCHD’s pastoral strategy is empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, leading toward solidarity between poor and non-poor as impelled by the Church’s biblical tradition, modern Catholic social teaching, and the pervasive presence of poverty in the United States. This ministry for justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment.

The grants, economic development, and education for justice programs of the Campaign, implemented in collaboration with local dioceses, are supported from an annual collection in U.S. Catholic parishes.


About Poverty 

Did you know that there are 46.2 million people in the United States living in poverty? Learn more about poverty in the United States and how you can help!

Catholic Social Teaching 

Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Review the roots of the teachings and explore the seven themes that demand our attention and influence our action.

CCHD Grants Program 

CCHD provides grants to groups that are working in the broad areas of community development and economic development. Learn more about the grant process and how to apply.

Contact the Office of Pastoral Planning for more information.