Social Safety Net

The Center for American Progress believes that a strong social safety net is critical to helping low-income individuals and families build financial security, weather unexpected hardships, and support a thriving economy. The following research and analyses detail how a chronically underfunded safety net harms millions of people across the country over the course of generations. The proposed solutions contained here—and in CAP’s work broadly—highlight the crucial role a strong and responsive safety net plays in the fight to build an inclusive economy.

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The ARP Grew the Economy, Reduced Poverty, and Eased Financial Hardship for Millions Report
A woman and her two children shop for groceries in Kissimmee, Florida.

The ARP Grew the Economy, Reduced Poverty, and Eased Financial Hardship for Millions

Data show that in just one year, the 2021 American Rescue Plan eased hardship for millions of Americans and demonstrated the need for further federal investment to build a long-term, equitable economy that works for all.

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