Since 1969, CLASP has been a trusted resource, a creative architect for systems change, and one of the country's most effective voices for low income people.

About Us

"CLASP is one of the few organizations that speaks to state-level administrators, federal policy makers, advocates and communities, providing carefully evaluated, thoughtful information that a variety of audiences can put to use for low-income families."  .
–Patrick McCarthy, President,
Annie E. Casey Foundation

"CLASP is an organization that both parties rely on. Even if members don't agree, they can't run from what CLASP has to say. Their work is solid, thorough and extremely well-respected on the Hill."
–Gwen Moore,
U.S. House of Representatives, D-Wisc.

"CLASP plays a unique role in advancing anti-poverty initiatives in this country that makes it a national treasure and an indispensable resource."
Deepak Bhargave, Executive Director, Center for Community Change


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Mission CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people.

Work We develop and advocate for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.

Vision Our vision is an America where children grow up safe, healthy, nurtured, and prepared to succeed; where young people and adults have the skills and supports they need to fulfill their potential and to contribute to society and the economy; where jobs provide decent wages and family friendly policies; where poverty is rare; where there is justice for all; and where all people can participate equally and their communities can prosper. 

Role Through careful research and analysis and effective advocacy, CLASP develops and promotes new ideas, mobilizes others, and directly assists governments and advocates to put in place successful strategies that deliver results that matter to people across America.  We are nonpartisan and situated at the intersection of local practice, national research, and state and federal policy, and striving to translate each world to each other. 

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