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.


Segregated by Income Interactive

Segregated by Income

Use this data tool to explore the most and least segregated school districts nationwide.

Ulrich Boser, Perpetual Baffour

Interactive Map: Costs of Hunger Interactive

Interactive Map: Costs of Hunger

Donna Cooper tallies up what chronic hunger costs us in each state.

Donna Cooper

Interactive Graphic: Title I Education Spending Interactive

Interactive Graphic: Title I Education Spending

Title I, Part A allocates money to the states according to four complex formulas, but there is a simpler way, according to CAP's Raegen Miller.

Raegen Miller

Interactive Map: Profiles of Community Schools Interactive

Interactive Map: Profiles of Community Schools

A look at some community school projects across the nation that provide on-site social services, after hours learning opportunities, and a variety of other supports.

Saba Bireda

Interactive Map: Progress in the Parishes Interactive

Interactive Map: Progress in the Parishes

An interactive map shows how recovery efforts are progressing in each of New Orleans' parishes. Two years after Katrina, the city is still struggling.