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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Trump’s First 100 Days in 100 Seconds

Watch a 100-second run-down of Trump's chaotic first 100 days.

the Center for American Progress

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What Trump’s Medicaid Plan Would Mean for People with Disabilities

President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress are threatening to slash Medicaid—a program on which 15 million people with disabilities rely for basic living standards.

Aki Suzuki, Michael Richardson, Jeremy Slevin

5 Things You Need to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis Video

5 Things You Need to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis

Government officials in Michigan have been scrambling to address the fallout of the man-made water catastrophe in Flint that poisoned thousands of mostly low-income people of color.

Andrew Satter

Anti-Poverty Dictionary Video
 (Paul Ryan)

Anti-Poverty Dictionary

Conservatives have been talking about growing inequality, creating a new lexicon of anti-poverty terminology. But this is just a new way of speaking about the same old policies that will result in deep cuts to important programs.

Melissa Boteach, Kulsum Ebrahim, Andrew Satter

John Podesta on the U.N. Post-2015 Development Agenda Video

John Podesta on the U.N. Post-2015 Development Agenda

In this video, Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta, who served on the U.N. High-Level Panel, discusses the panel's recommendations to eradicate poverty and transform world economies through sustainable development.

John Podesta

3 Ways Sequestration Is Taking a Toll on Struggling Americans Video

3 Ways Sequestration Is Taking a Toll on Struggling Americans

Congress recently sprang into action to save air travelers from flight delays brought on by sequestration. But for the millions of Americans who can’t afford to get on a plane, they have yet to repeal devastating cuts to important programs for struggling families, seniors, and children—leaving us all to wonder where our nation’s most vulnerable fit into Congress’s priorities.

Lauren Santa Cruz, Erik Stegman

Video: Saving WIC Video

Video: Saving WIC

Alex Trice and Melissa Boteach explain why it’s absurd to cut critical services such as the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program while leaving millionaire tax cuts untouched.

Alex Trice, Melissa Boteach

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