The Department pursues public policy that help address systemic causes of poverty and meet the basic human needs of low-income Marylanders to better enable them to rise out of poverty and not slip back into it.

We must remember that, “[T]he mere fact that some people are born in places with fewer resources or less development does not justify the fact that they are living with less dignity. We need to grow in a solidarity which ‘would allow all peoples to become the artisans of their destiny,’ since ‘every person is called to self-fulfillment.’” –Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel

Poverty Awareness Month

The U.S. Bishops recognize January as Poverty Awareness Month to heed Pope Francis’ call to live in solidarity with the poor. Find resources here.

Affordable Housing

Help Marylanders access housing by supporting programs and policies that increase the supply of housing that is safe and affordable to those living in or near poverty in order to end homelessness and improve health outcomes.

Rental Assistance

Help Marylanders access housing by supporting programs that provide rental assistance to those living in or near poverty.

Adult Education

Help low-income Marylanders improve their job prospects and earning potential by supporting programs and policies that increase the availability of high-school equivalency courses, college education, and job training that matches the needs of the current job market.

Child Care

Help low-income Marylanders provide for their families by supporting programs and policies that make available quality, affordable child care.

Earned Income Tax Credit

Reward work and assist low-income Marylanders by supporting increases and expansions to Maryland’s EITC.

Temporary Cash Assistance

Help meet the basic needs of some of the most vulnerable Marylanders by supporting increases in TCA grants.

Utility Assistance

Improve the warmth, healthfulness, and safety of housing in Maryland by supporting programs that provide utility assistance to low-income Marylanders.

Food Security

Help meet the needs of those who face food insecurity, particularly children and the elderly, by improving access to and the availability of healthy, affordable food in the communities they live in.


Resource: www.povertyusa.org


The Dignity of Work

In 2018, Maryland will again take up the question of expanding access to earned sick leave to all Marylanders. While sick leave passed both chambers in 2017, it was vetoed by the Governor. The legislature has the ability to take up the bill again in January and take a vote on overriding the veto.


In 2014, Maryland’s Catholic bishops called attention to the needs of the poor and the backbone of Maryland's workforce - the low-wage earner and working families, and urge their fair treatment.