Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Providing for the Poor and Vulnerable

Man has the right to live. He has the right to… food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and, finally, the necessary social services.

All people must have access to basic human needs to ensure they can live in a dignified manner, with a particular concern for the poor, the vulnerable, and anyone who goes without those basic needs.

Whether through government programs or private social services providers, caring for the poor must be prioritized in setting policy and state budget spending.

To provide for the poor and vulnerable and ensure basic human needs are available for all, MCC supports:

  • Tax policies that support marriage, families, and low-income residents.
  • The allocation of state budget resources to provide critical services for vulnerable persons, especially health care, food, and home heating assistance.
  • Energy policies and regulations which promote competition, support for low-income ratepayers, and foster environmental stewardship.
  • Affirmation of the recognized right to exercise religious conscience in the provision of publicly funded services.
  • Regulatory legislation that will protect the faith-based mission of churches and institutions.
  • Maintenance of the tax-exempt status for nonprofit organizations.
  • Access to safe drinking water and fresh food for families and individuals.
  • Affordable, accessible housing and transportation options for low- and moderate-income Michiganders.
  • Fair and adequate working conditions for all employees.
  • Policies that foster and promote employment opportunities.
  • Opposition to policies that prey upon the vulnerable, such as predatory payday lending.

Our policy goals should “encourage families, communities, economic structures, & government to work together to overcome poverty.” — United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

News Releases

  1. MCC Comments on Final Fiscal Year 2022 State Budget (09/29/21)
  2. MCC Urges Michigan House to Pass Legislation that Removes Government Barrier to Marriage (06/07/18)
  3. Tying Homestead Property Tax Credit Increase to Inflation Would Benefit Low-Income Workers, Seniors (10/21/15)
  4. MCC: House Vote to Eliminate EITC ‘Disappointing’ (06/10/15)
  5. Response to Legislation to Eliminate Earned Income Tax Credit (06/02/15)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Our Plan to Advance the Common Good This Legislative Session (02/03/23)
    2. How Expanding One Tax Credit Would Reduce Poverty; Put More People To Work (01/19/22)
    3. Small Steps of Love in the State Budget Process (03/12/21)
    4. Catholic Advocacy in 2021—Be a Light (02/26/21)
    5. Water Shutoffs Are a Health Concern in COVID-19 Pandemic (12/18/20)
  2. Clean and Affordable Water for All (Focus Essay, 5/2019)
  3. Transportation, Community, and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 7/2016)
  4. Catholic Charities of Michigan, Inc
  5. Letter Calling for Greater Attention to Poor and Unemployed in State Budget (Michigan Bishops, 4/2011)
  6. Statement on State of Michigan Budget (Michigan Bishops, 9/2009)
  7. Poverty in Michigan, Grief, Anxiety and Suffering on the Rise (Focus Essay, 3/2008)

MCC in the News

  1. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
  2. Opinion: How to Sustain Life During a Pandemic (Detroit News, 04/23/20)
  3. MCC Calls Governor’s Abortion Stance Removed from Reality (Catholic News Agency, 04/20/20)
  4. Organizations Push for Increased Earned Income Tax Credit (Michigan Radio, 06/12/19)
  5. Opponents Speak Out Against Mich. Pot Legalization Proposal (Detroit News, 10/24/18)
  6. MCC CEO Long Elected to National Leadership Post (The Michigan Catholic, 09/20/18)
  7. Iden Seeks Gaming Reforms to Allow Michigan Charities More Fundraising Options (The Peninsula, 04/21/17)
  8. Anti Poverty Groups Slam Killing Tax Credit (Detroit News, 06/02/15)
  9. Reactions to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of State Address (Associated Press, 01/20/15)
  10. Lawmakers, Leaders, Respond to Gov. Snyder’s Veto of Gun Bill (Detroit Free Press, 12/19/12)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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