Monday, September 23, 2013, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
In the words of Pope John Paul II, “a home is much more than a roof over one’s head.” It is “a place for building and seeking one’s life.” The home is the very foundation for raising children, for seeking comfort, and for preparing oneself to participate in broader society through work, education, and civic engagement. This rests upon the teaching of the Catholic Church on the dignity of the human person and the value of the family. In his encyclical Pacem in Terris (1963), Pope John XXIII catalogued the rights of every human being, and one of the most prominent among them is the right to appropriate housing. Helping people secure a decent home is not simply our civic responsibility; it is also our moral responsibility.
Every person has a right to safe, decent, affordable housing. To reduce and eventually end the cycle of poverty that traps too many individuals and families, the need for a stable place to call home must be addressed. For millions of families, owning a home is unaffordable and their next best option is affordable rental housing, offering stability and helping them maintain jobs and build strong families. Too often, however, an affordable rental option is out of reach and many people become homeless or are on the brink of homelessness.
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