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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Republican Budget Proposal

FOR RELEASE: March 19, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today issued the following statement:

Blog: Affordable Housing for People with Very Low Incomes Practically Nonexistent

Mar 13, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

My colleague here at NETWORK, Sister Marge Clark, in a blog at this site on March 2, drew attention to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and some recent attacks on the fund itself. A research report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), entitled “Affordable Housing Is Nowhere to Be Found for Millions,” released the week of March 9, highlights the acute need for the NHTF.

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Blog: Extend and Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit

Mar 09, 2015 | By Carolyn Burstein

Catholic Social Teaching is clear that all people have the right to live in human dignity, which for many is not possible without tax incentives since payroll taxes are taking a larger and larger bite out of their meager wages.

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Understanding the Federal Budget and Poverty

Learning opportunity presented by the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN):

WEBINAR

Blog: National Housing Trust Fund - Update

Mar 02, 2015 | By Marge Clark, BVM

It is no surprise that persons who become homeless are struggling in extreme poverty. There is no way to align homelessness with Catholic Social Teaching/Tradition. One who is living on the streets, in a shelter or their car, or even bunking in an overcrowded apartment is not living in dignity.

And certainly it does not show our nation as having a preferential option for people who are poor. For more than the ten years I have been with NETWORK, the organization has worked for passage of, and then funding for, the National Housing Trust Fund.

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Press Call: Religious Leaders Speak Out against Trade Injustice & Fast Track Authority

FOR RELEASE: February 17, 2015

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Blog: How to Respond to Implausible Claims about “Welfare”

Feb 13, 2015 | By Colleen Ross

We’ve all heard the claim -- at the Thanksgiving dinner table, in the church social hall, at the water cooler, or even in our own email inboxes -- that government programs are too generous and are disincentives to work. Last week, we were contacted by a NETWORK friend looking for guidance on how to respond to such an argument. Frustrated with the persistence of this claim and its popularity in our political discourse, I thought a succinct but thorough response may be useful to have on hand.

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