DC Catholic Conference Responds to DC Budget Vote

May 25, 2011

The DC Catholic Conference commends the District of Columbia City Council members for their vote today to restore the proposed $19.2 million cut from the FY 2012 budget. This drastic cut would have affected the city’s most vulnerable residents, specifically, the homeless population.

The District of Columbia has the highest rate of homelessness among the major metropolitan cities in the United States, and the poverty rate and homeless rate have increased steadily over the last several years. Each day, Catholic parishes and agencies, such as Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, partner with the District to serve those in need. From hypothermia and homeless shelters, to food pantries, soup kitchens, utility and rental assistance and health services, the forty Catholic parishes in District of Columbia and Catholic Charities serve countless people each day. In 2010 alone, Catholic Charities served 63,000 people in the District of Columbia through 58 programs, leveraging private donations with city contracts to provide food, clothing, shelter and social services.

As people of faith and as good citizens, the parishes and agencies of the Archdiocese of Washington will continue outreach to the disadvantaged in the city. The restored funds allow the partnerships with the city to continue and to offer hope for a better future for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

The DC Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the Archdiocese of Washington on issues affecting the District of Columbia.

Chieko Noguchi
Office of Communications
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