Voice of the Poor Toolkit

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.  

Why the Voice of the Poor?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is concerned not only with alleviating need but also with identifying those structures, societal and legislative, that cause and perpetuate poverty. This mission manifests itself in the Society’s admonition to “End Poverty Through Systemic Change.”

How does the Society identify the issues for which it advocates?

Through our observations and experiences during home visits, Vincentians are in a position to advocate for justice in addition to addressing immediate needs through charity. Listening to the stories of those in need provides a practical “how to” regarding follow-up. In addition, their stories may help the Society identify the root causes of poverty that could be appropriately addressed by Voice
of the Poor. 

More Information

The National Voice of the Poor Committee has developed position papers on a series of social and economic justice issues, including an updated paper on immigration and a draft position paper on hunger. Each paper draws on Catholic Social Teaching and makes action recommendations. 

  Voice of the Poor Environmental Position Paper FAQ PDF Download
  Voice of the Poor Environmental Position Paper 2017 PDF Download
  Affordable Housing PDF Download
  Education PDF Download
  Circle of Protection PDF Download
  Health Care for the Poor PDF Download
  Homelessness PDF Download
  Human Trafficking PDF Download
  Hunger PDF Download
  Immigration PDF Download
  Predatory Lending PDF Download
  Restorative Justice PDF Download
  Fair Wages PDF Download
  Self Sufficient Wages PDF Download
  Self Sufficient Wage Frequently Asked Question PDF Download

Source: SVdP Voice of the Poor website and Starting and Sustaining a Voice of the Poor Committee.

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