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. 

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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Poverty Spikes in the Suburbs Video

Poverty Spikes in the Suburbs

Alexandra Cawthorne discusses the recent rise in suburban poverty and what we can do about it.

Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Let’s Get Serious About Poverty Video

Let’s Get Serious About Poverty

Melissa Boteach and Joy Moses discuss the new poverty data, what we can do to reduce rising poverty, and why it's important to focus on poverty amid other problems.

Melissa Boteach, Joy Moses

Ask the Expert: Fixing the Federal Poverty Measure Video

Ask the Expert: Fixing the Federal Poverty Measure

Melissa Boteach discusses what the federal poverty measure is, why it needs fixing, and the Obama administration's announcement of a new supplemental measure.

Melissa Boteach