New Hope for Low-Income Workers

Improving Economic and Child Outcomes in Milwaukee

Posted June 22, 1999
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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In 1994, Milwaukee implemented a two-year program, New Hope, that provided low-income working families with a flexible package of earnings supplements and services. The results? Glorious. Parents benefited from a boost in employment and earnings. Equally noteworthy: Their kids — specifically their sons — had fewer behavioral issues and better academic success.   

This report is from the Summer 1999 edition of AdvoCasey, a seasonal newsletter with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

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Introducing New Hope, Milwaukee’s innovative program aimed at helping low-income families succeed

In exchange for working at least 30 hours a week, New Hope families were eligible for income supplements, affordable health insurance, child-care subsidies and minimum-wage community service jobs. Experts have rigorously evaluated the antipoverty program’s impact on participating parents and — more noteworthy — their poor children.