Social Analysis Reports

The Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) in New Orleans recently released reports summarizing the socio-economic conditions of nine communities in the Jesuits USA Central and Southern (UCS) Province. These fact-filled reports are being shared with Jesuit apostolates in each area.

The project stemmed from a recommendation of the UCS Province’s Social Ministries Commission as a means of helping Jesuits, apostolates and colleagues make informed apostolic decisions. The reports focus on economic, social, political, cultural, religious and environmental realities and trends and serve as a “composition of place” for each city where the province has ministries.

The social analysis reports are available as pdfs by clinking on the links below: 



USDA Approves D-SNAP for Florida Disaster Counties

Florida Impact

From USDA Press Release:

September 22, 2017

Floridians struggling with the after effects of Hurricane Irma could be eligible for help buying food through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today. 

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that households who may not normally be eligible under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP -- if their income is under the disaster limits and they have qualifying disaster-related expenses. 

“The D-SNAP program USDA is announcing today is an important step forward,” Perdue said. “Other food assistance is already underway, but D-SNAP will provide the continued support our neighbors in Florida need, as they get back on their feet after this epic storm. We’re with you, Florida -- all the way.”

D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive two months of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs as they settle back home following the disaster.  To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must have lived or worked in an identified disaster area on September 5 (when mandatory evacuation orders began), have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria. 



JSRI's State of Working Florida 2017 


The State of Working Florida 2017 finds that, while Florida’s economic and employment levels have recovered from the Great Recession, levels of economic security have not improved. The report shows that increases in the share of low-wage employment and the persistence of wage disparities for women and people of color after the Great Recession enabled an uneven economic recovery and fueled greater income inequality. In 2015, 26.6 percent of all Floridians were either poor or near poverty. This means that more than a quarter of Floridians earn income that is 150 percent or less than the federal poverty line.


Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ, is the lead JSRI liaison to Florida groups, assisted by other staff as appropriate.

Florida JustSouth Articles

Fair Food Program: Coalition of Immokalee Workers Calls for Boycott of Wendy’s-- Baudouin [JustSouth Monthly, April 2016]

Tomatoes, Farmworkers, and Social Justice—Kammer [JustSouth Quarterly, Summer 2010]

U.S. resumes deportations to Haiti--Barely a year after the massive earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince—Weishar [JustSouth E-Newsletter, January 2011]