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Advocacy &
Public Policy

Working to protect the vulnerable through just policies.

Our staff brings the issues facing vulnerable people served by Catholic Charities to state policymakers and the wider community, often arranging opportunities for policymakers to hear directly from marginalized individuals and families. We promote a greater understanding of social justice by sharing the stories of the people we serve and the lessons learned by our colleagues. The Advocacy team also develops effective advocacy strategies in coalition with our colleagues and partner organizations.

2023 Priorities

Our focus includes four key priorities: Budget, Health, Workforce and Immigration.

Most years, Catholic Charities works to ensure the state doesn’t cut programs serving vulnerable populations, but this year may allow for a broader approach. Most of our 2023 priorities reflect longstanding concerns, but with the structural budget surplus, Maryland is in a different position. We have the opportunity to create lasting change that strengthens safety nets and protects neighbors who need it most.

  • Healing Trauma & Addiction

    Increasing Equity in Key Safety-Net Programs

    We advocate for a robust behavioral health safety-net that includes a full continuum of services, and for programs that center the lived experience of individuals and communities that who have experienced trauma, both historic and internalized.

  • Aging with Dignity

    New Legislation & Funding to Increase Medicaid-funded programs

    We advocate for robust and accessible services for older adults that center their needs and preferences for where they age, including at home, in the community, or in higher-care facilities.

  • Welcoming New Neighbors

    Immigrant Acclimation

    We advocate for the supports and resources necessary for those who have newly arrived in this country to engage with and contribute fully to our communities and in society.

  • Empowering Careers

    Time to Care Act of 2022

    We advocate for policies and resources that allow all Marylanders to have the income and supports necessary to meet their and their families’ basic needs; for accessible and meaningful education and vocational programs to increase career opportunities; and promote policies and programs that support working Marylanders.

  • Achieving Independence

    Housing Equity

    We advocate for a sufficient, accessible supply of affordable housing in Maryland, for policies that create widespread food security for all households, and for community resources that support safe and healthy spaces for all Marylanders to thrive.

  • Supporting Children & Families

    Revision to Child Support Guidelines

    We advocate for accessible programs and ample services that support children and youth in their development, as well as policies that support families.

Small Steps. Big Impact.

View the latest advocacy updates

  • 9 Catholic Charities staff members testified 21 times in Annapolis in 2017.

  • 45 The number of years Catholic Charities of Baltimore has been advocating in Annapolis.

  • 50 Staff and clients submitted photographs for the Keep the Door Open Campaign in 2017.


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Resources and Publications

Maryland Issues and Statistics

Welfare Advocates Guide to Welfare: A plain language explanation of the rules of welfare.

Government Resources

Elected Officials: To find your elected officials, put your address information into this link to search for your state and local elected representatives.

Maryland General Assembly: The Maryland General Assembly has served nearly continuously from Maryland’s founding in 1634. The General Assembly makes laws for the state, may levy taxes and may reduce or restrict the budget proposed each year by the Governor.

Maryland Governor: The current Governor of Maryland, Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., was inaugurated as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. Maryland’s Lt. Governor is Boyd Rutherford.

Maryland State Departments

Catholic Charities and the Advocacy Department work in partnership with several different state departments, linked below.

Questions about getting involved?

Please contact Regan Vaughan at [email protected]