The Voice of the Poor is the advocacy arm of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We identify those issues that are critical to those living in poverty and need, and help bring attention to them so communities and our elected representatives can help develop strategies and tactics that will provide the most effective and efficient means to reduce or eliminate poverty, including the launch of a Microloan program in 2016.
Mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Microloan Program
The mission of the project is to provide individuals with an effective alternative to high interest predatory loans and to create a community where individuals are provided with financial mentorship and consumer protection information by members of St. Vincent de Paul and others who have lived experience struggling with access to financial services.
The National Voice of the Poor Committee has developed position papers on a series of social and economic justice issues, including one on predatory lending. Each paper draws on Catholic Social Teaching and makes action recommendations.
For more information about SvDP Diocesan Council of Columbus and the Voice of the Poor, please visit our website: www.vincentianvoice.org.
If you are interested in more information about microloan eligibility, please contact your local St. Vincent de Paul Conference in the Columbus Diocese, in Licking County only. Beginning this fall, the Microloan Program is only available in Licking County. Partnerships are still being developed in Franklin County.