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Lessons of New Hope Sheds Light on How to Build a More Equitable Economy

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Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's David Riemer and Julie Kerksick played critical roles in the Milwaukee-based New Hope Project (1994-98). The New Hope Project was a package of work-based supports that included subsidized jobs, earning supplements, affordable health care, and child care. Taken together, the project helped to improve participants’ work and family outcomes in very real ways. It also updated the social contract to address the challenges disadvantaged workers find when seeking and securing employment. Looking ahead, the New Hope Project shines a light on how we can create a more equitable economy, especially as we emerge from the pandemic. This brief from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality explores the lessons of the New Hope Project and its updated social contract with working families. You can read it here.