New Hope provided low-income adults with cash earnings supplements and a range of employment services aimed at reducing poverty and improving well-being among participants.
New Hope participants who worked at least 30 hours per week could receive low-cost health insurance (if not provided through their employer) and child care subsidies (if they had a child under 13).
Participants whose earnings were below the federal poverty threshold also received a monthly earnings supplement that brought their total income up to the federal poverty threshold. All participants met one-on-one or in in small group meetings with program representatives, who encouraged participants to maximize benefit receipt and provided job coaching and counseling. Participants who were unable to find full-time employment were placed in full- or part-time subsidized community service jobs with local nonprofit organizations, with a requirement for consistent attendance and job performance.
Each community service job lasted up to 6 months, and participants could hold community service jobs for up to a total of 12 months. Participants received New Hope services for three years.
Individuals were eligible for New Hope if they were living within one of two selected zip codes, had earnings below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, were 18 or older, and were willing and able to work full time. New Hope was implemented in Milwaukee, WI.