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.
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.
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.
While all low-income individuals and families, particularly those of color, struggle to avoid falling into poverty, some receive less support solely because of where they live.
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.
CLASP focuses on economic security as a whole and dismantling barriers caused by systemic racism.
In addition to its expertise on how budget and tax issues affect low-income populations, CBPP also focuses on safety net programs and poverty trends.
CDF seeks to set every child up for success by working to end child poverty and ensure access to health care, a quality education, and a safe environment.
CHN is an alliance of civil rights, labor, faith, and human needs-focused groups that promote policies addressing vulnerable, low-income, and poor populations.
FRAC is a leading voice on the national level in the fight against poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States.
As a prominent part of Georgetown Law, GCPI works with poverty experts to develop policies that alleviate hardship and advance racial and gender equity.
The Groundwork Collaborative works to create an economy of shared prosperity and opportunity for all, instead of just the wealthy few.
NELP develops and fights for policies that create quality jobs, expand access to work, and support low-wage and unemployed workers.
NLIHC is dedicated to ensuring low-income renters have accessible, safe, and affordable homes.
ProsperUS is a coalition united by the belief that the government must prioritize public investments and policies that meet people's needs.
As voters in Portland, Maine, and Washington, D.C., prepare to head to the ballot box to decide whether to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers, Justin Schweitzer explains why all workers—tipped and untipped—should be paid at least the state minimum wage.
The Federal Reserve must be careful not to kill the strong job market.
David Ballard explains how Hurricane Ian exacerbated the affordable housing shortage in Florida.
Rose Khattar and Lauren Hoffman discuss how, in addition to recent reforms such as the Inflation Reduction Act and the student loan relief plan, more measures are necessary to finally close the pay gap that continues to limit economic opportunity for many women.
Rose Khattar and Jessica Vela discuss how equitable implementation of the Biden administration's major economic accomplishments, such as the Inflation Reduction Act, can help better support Hispanic and Latino workers.
Hurricane Fiona devastated Puerto Rico, reversing much of the progress made since Hurricane Maria in 2017; yet equitable, sustainable rebuilding and recovery is possible with key federal investments.
The Inflation Reduction Act will help reduce costs, create jobs, and ensure corporations pay their fair share in taxes.
New U.S. Census Bureau data show how more accessible and larger boosts to safety net programs kept poverty low during the COVID-19 recession, preventing a deeper economic crisis and spurring a faster economy recovery.
Ahead of the upcoming White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition, Arohi Pathak urges lawmakers to take meaningful action to address food insecurity in the United States.
Child care sites across the country are facing immense challenges hiring and retaining staff amid a shortage of good jobs, leaving parents struggling to find care and placing increasing stress on the workers that remain.
To lower inflation, policymakers must continue using fiscal policy to focus support to struggling households, improve the economy’s productive capacity, create more resilient supply chains, and limit the profiteering of corporations.
Canceling student loans offers targeted relief crucial to helping households improve their financial security—it is not a decisive factor in battling inflation.