Date of Award


Document Type

Applied Management Decision Report (AMDR)

Degree Name

Master Of Business Administration

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Paul Preston

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Public welfare--Wisconsin--Milwaukee; Milwaukee Jobs Commitment


The central theme of the paper is that although the only solution to poverty is income, this income must be obtained through a fair wage and package of benefits received in return for labor. Jobs, alone, can not eradicate poverty. They must offer benefits at least comparable to the benefits received while on welfare. This includes a package of sufficient income to support a family, including health care, child care, transportation and some type of "career ladder" so that a worker can see an opportunity for growth in his or her job. This paper examines the strengths and weaknesses of a pilot project which has been designed for two target neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Known as The New Hope Project: The Milwaukee Jobs Commitment, the goal of this project is to provide jobs and benefits that offer the poor an incentive to voluntarily choose employment over welfare. One of the central tenets of the project is that all who work full-time and year-round should be entitled to a wage and package of benefits that puts them above the official poverty level.


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