The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Working Families Should Not Be Poor: The New Hope Program

Working Families Should Not Be Poor: The New Hope Program

Working families should not be poor: The new hope program

In 1994, just 2 years before the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), a group of concerned citizens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, launched an employment-support program called New Hope.1 The concept originated in response to structural factors in both the labor market and the welfare system that worked against low-income workers. Welfare rules that reduced benefits nearly one dollar for every dollar increase in earnings, low wages in the labor market, the necessity and expense of child care, and the unlikelihood of obtaining employer-provided medical insurance meant that leaving welfare for work often did not improve a family's economic status.

New Hope's founders ...

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