Inclusive Growth

Poverty to Prosperity

We work to develop, protect, and expand vital policies that alleviate hardship and ensure economic stability for people nationwide.

A father hugs his son in the family RV, October 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Getty/John Moore)

What We're Doing

Ensure an equitable recovery from COVID-19

The best opportunity we have to break the cycle of poverty is to make sure no one gets left behind now. To avoid a repeat of the slow recovery seen after the Great Recession, we are building support for race-conscious investments and policies that center those most affected by the pandemic.

Modernize and repair the safety net

The safety net underpins our economy, but it must provide sufficient and accessible support. We are working on ideas to address harsh restrictions in cash assistance programs while building pathways to broader access to housing, food, and other crucial supports at the state and federal level.

Reduce child poverty

The expanded child tax credit has already seen great success in reducing hardship among families with children in 2021, but we will fight to make it permanent alongside other policies to support families and children. 

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Partners & Coalitions

CAP’s Poverty to Prosperity team works with nonpartisan organizations and coalitions throughout the poverty policy space by coordinating research and advocacy efforts to sway public opinion and influence legislation that would help those in need. Some of the team’s closest partners are listed below.

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The Basic Facts About Women in Poverty Fact Sheet
 (A woman in Miami spends time looking at videos with her 6-year-old granddaughter after being laid off from her job as a food service cashier in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, March 2020.)

The Basic Facts About Women in Poverty

Women, especially women of color, in the United States are more likely to live in poverty than men, and they need robust, targeted solutions to ensure their long-term economic security.

Robin Bleiweis, Diana Boesch, Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

News You Can Use: Research Roundup for Re-Entry Advocates Fact Sheet

News You Can Use: Research Roundup for Re-Entry Advocates

This fact sheet summarizes key research findings on the far-reaching consequences that even a minor criminal record can have on individuals, families, communities, and the economy, as well as research on policies designed to mitigate these consequences.

Rachel West, Rebecca Vallas, Phil Hernandez, 1 More Sharon Dietrich

Fact Sheets: President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Harms Nearly Every Community Across the Country Fact Sheet
Copies of President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget sit on a table at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2018. (Getty/AFP/Saul Loeb)

Fact Sheets: President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Harms Nearly Every Community Across the Country

Trump’s budget is an unmitigated disaster for everyday Americans—including women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, communities of color, and more.

Eliza Schultz, Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Rejane Frederick, 7 More Silva Mathema, Connor Maxwell, Heidi Schultheis, Anusha Ravi, Leila Schochet, Leonard Scott IV, Shabab Ahmed Mirza

Left Behind: How the Trump Budget Fails Rural Communities Fact Sheet
Weeds grow around an old building and picket fence in Rocky Ford, Colorado, on July 1, 2016. (AP/Brennan Linsley)

Left Behind: How the Trump Budget Fails Rural Communities

President Trump’s budget cuts fall particularly hard on health, safety, and economic development in rural communities.

Sabrina De Santiago, Harry Stein

State ID Card Policies for LGBTQ Youths Experiencing Homelessness Fact Sheet
Expanding access to state-issued identification for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness could create opportunities and improve their safety and well-being. (AP/Susan Montoya Bryan)

State ID Card Policies for LGBTQ Youths Experiencing Homelessness

Expanding access to state-issued identification for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness could create opportunities and improve their safety and well-being.

Shabab Ahmed Mirza, Steven Soto, Caitlin Rooney

A Plan to Enhance the Child Tax Credit Fact Sheet
Two children raise their hands in class, March 2015. (AP/Seth Wenig)

A Plan to Enhance the Child Tax Credit

By enhancing the Child Tax Credit, policymakers can substantially reduce child poverty, increase family economic security, and invest in our nation’s next generation. Melissa Boteach is the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

Rachel West, Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas

A Plan to Improve Unemployment Protections in America Fact Sheet
Brantley Price walks past idle forklifts at a closed plant in West Jefferson, North Carolina, on December 18, 2008. (AP/Chuck Burton)

A Plan to Improve Unemployment Protections in America

A new proposal would update unemployment insurance and establish a Jobseeker’s Allowance. Its recommendations would strengthen the nation’s workforce development system, protect families from unemployment, and fortify the American economy against the next recession.

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