Research shows that increasing access to healthcare reduces poverty. ¹ Reducing poverty in California is a priority for Catholic Charities of California and Local Catholic Charities Organizations. For decades, Local Catholic Charities Organizations have assisted lower-income Californians to enroll in health coverage and access essential health services.
Food security for all Californians is a priority for Catholic Charities of California. At least 4 million low income Californians struggle with food insecurity. This means that, on a regular basis, they don’t have access to enough nutritious food to meet their basic nutritional needs.
California is home to more billionaires than any other state. It is also the poorest state in the nation. Taking into account the cost of living in California, 8.4 million people live in poverty. Catholic Charities organizations provide more professional social services than any other non-profit network in California.