Inclusive Growth

Poverty to Prosperity

We work to develop, protect, and expand vital policies that alleviate hardship and ensure economic stability for people nationwide.

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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. 

The Poverty to Prosperity Program works to develop, protect, and expand vital policies that alleviate hardship and ensure economic stability for people nationwide.

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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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A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Be a Life Sentence to Poverty Report
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A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Be a Life Sentence to Poverty

Bipartisan momentum for clean slate and fair chance licensing policies—which remove barriers to economic opportunity for people facing the stigma of a criminal record—has grown significantly in the states in recent years.

Rebecca Vallas, Sharon Dietrich, Beth Avery

A More Perfect Union Report
The sun shines on a wind energy generator in California, April 2007. (Getty/Construction Photography/Avalon)

A More Perfect Union

With a new administration entering office and Americans desperate for action, the government needs a national plan for renewal focused on rewiring the economy, rebuilding the safety net, and reconnecting America to the world.

the Center for American Progress

The Basic Facts About Children in Poverty Report

The Basic Facts About Children in Poverty

Nearly 11 million children are living in poverty in America. Here is how the crisis reached this point—and what steps must be taken to solve it.

Areeba Haider

The Pandemic Has Exacerbated Housing Instability for Renters of Color Report
Housing activists gather in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, on July 31, 2020. (Getty/Scott Heins)

The Pandemic Has Exacerbated Housing Instability for Renters of Color

Hardships disproportionately faced by communities of color are being exacerbated by the pandemic and require an equitable recovery that reconciles past harms while also providing solutions for current and future challenges.

Jaboa Lake

Count People Where They Are Report
 (The tent of a person experiencing homelessness sits on a bridge with the Los Angeles skyline in the background, January 2014.)

Count People Where They Are

The U.S. Census Bureau must address past and current operational challenges to ensure that decennial censuses to come can better address homelessness and provide support for lifesaving programs.

Jaboa Lake, Jae June Lee, Meghan Maury, 1 More Cara Brumfield

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