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.
The tight labor market has given workers more power to demand improvements in job quality; it's time for employers and policymakers to listen.
American Rescue Plan funding allows state and local governments to invest in employment solutions for their residents, including skills training, career pathways in educational settings, child care, and other basic needs.
The federal safety net excludes Puerto Rican residents from normal benefits. The Build Back Better Act would change that in a major way
States that guarantee better pay for their workers have added more jobs in 2021 than states with lower minimum and subminimum wages.
Data indicate that disabled LGBTQI+ workers experience higher rates of barriers to obtaining and maintaining employment, resulting in difficulties in obtaining economic security.
American Indian and Alaska Native women in the United States make just 60 cents for every dollar earned by their white male counterparts, and this wage gap forces too many of them and their families into poverty.
Proposed investments in the Build Back Better agenda would benefit a significant number of workers, particularly women and women of color; transform the home care and early childhood sectors; and lift living standards and employment prospects for millions of Americans.
Eviction record sealing is key to improving housing security for millions of individuals and families.
Data make it clear that policymakers must finally commit to an expansive racial equity agenda to ensure that racial and gender economic disparities do not continue into the future.
Congress must make the temporary expansion of the child tax credit permanent.