Government & Community Relations

The mission of the Catholic Charities Government & Community Relations department is to facilitate, support, monitor, and enhance the work of Catholic Charities through its extensive partnerships with local, state, and federal governments.

What We Do

  • We advocate for the provision of quality services and the development of sound public policies, on behalf of the poor and vulnerable.  

  • We help advance Catholic Charities New York’s mission of building a more just and compassionate society. 

How We Do It

  • Build collaborative and productive relationships with public officials 

  • Host policy/advocacy days, provide testimony, and host site tours and events to introduce and educate public policy officials on the work and priorities of the Federation of Agencies

  • Advocate to effectively impact Federal, State, and Local budgetary, legislative, and regulatory processes 

  • Engage and support and represent the priorities and interests of Catholic Charities' extensive network of 90 affiliated agencies

  • Assist and Advocate for individual agencies on specific issues impacting their agency or clients

  • Leverage relationships with advocacy partners like The Catholic Community Relations Council, The New York State Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities USA and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and other like-minded human service organizations

Our 2021 Policy Priorities by Program Area


  • Streamline Regulations and Invest in Human Services Sector

Protecting and Nurturing Children and Families

  • Support Services for Youth Aging out of Foster Care

  • Invest in Disaster Case Management/Preparedness

Feeding the Hungry

  • Adequately fund and enable greater accessibility for food subsidies

Sheltering the Homeless

  • Investment in affordable housing stock

  • Expand rental subsidies for those transitioning from shelters to permanent housing

Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  • Access to quality legal services

Supporting People with Disabilities

  • Support for mental health services for children & youth

Contact Information

Luz Tavarez
Director, Government & Community Relations

Daniel Carinci 
Senior Government Policy Analyst