White House creates office for relations with religious and community organizations

White House creates office for relations with religious and community organizations

President Biden’s executive order stresses the importance of such organizations in addressing the problems of low-income people

U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday issued an executive order creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships.

Such organizations are essential to the nation’s ability to address the problems of low-income people and other underserved people and communities, including people of color, the executive order noted.

“Americans are the primary drivers of fundamental change in our country, and there are few institutions that are as close to the people as our faith-based and other community-based organizations,” the document says.

“It is important that the federal government strengthen the capacity of such organizations … to effectively deliver services in partnership with the federal, state and local governments, as well as other private organizations, while maintaining our fundamental constitutional commitment that guarantees equal protection of the law and the free exercise of religion and prohibits the establishment of religion,” the Biden executive order stresses.

The new office will help organize effective work to serve those in need across the country and around the world in partnership with civil society institutions, including religious and secular organizations. It will also coordinate the administration’s policy agenda for faith-based and other community-based programs.

The office will also inform civil society leaders about opportunities for financial and other partnerships with the federal government to serve those in need.