Local Catholic Charities respond to poverty in California

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.

Local Catholic Charities Organizations have provided services to Californians in need for more than 100 years. Each year, nearly one million vulnerable people of all ages and circumstances benefit from these services. Catholic Charities services alleviate poverty and promote self-sufficiency, whenever possible. Services include case management, benefits enrollment, housing, education, emergency assistance for basic needs, job training, nutrition education, immigrant and refugee assistance, senior services, and more.

Two times each year, Catholic Charities of California compiles and reports a number of publicly-available poverty-related statistics by county. This Poverty Data Report provides a county- and state-level snapshot of poverty in California.

County-by-County Poverty Statistics

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pdf-iconOpen PDF for a complete report including illiteracy, life expectancy, high school drop out rate, undocumented, uninsured, and unemployment figures.

*CPM Level: Developed by the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, the California Poverty Measure (CPM) is a new index that tracks the full range of necessary expenditures, adjusts for geographic differences in housing costs, and includes food stamps and other non-cash benefits as resources available to poor families.