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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Recent work

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.


These Americans Helped Save Health Care. Don’t Forget Them Now. In the News

These Americans Helped Save Health Care. Don’t Forget Them Now.

Author Mia Ives-Rublee urges progressives not to neglect the disability community—which has been on the front lines of the fight for the Affordable Care Act, among other progressive causes—as they debate President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

Mia Ives-Rublee

Disabled workers are essential to the economy’s recovery In the News

Disabled workers are essential to the economy’s recovery

Mia Ives-Rublee examines the reason the employment gap between disabled and nondisabled workers has grown since the pandemic—and the challenges disabled workers are facing as many employers contemplate returning to the office.

Mia Ives-Rublee