When talking with TMJ4, George Hinton, the CEO of the Social Development Commission, said poverty is expensive in non-traditional ways as well.

“These homes, specifically in Milwaukee, are in such disrepair that their heat or air is going straight out of the window,” he said. “Milwaukee never really developed a strong middle class,” Hinton said. “Rather than creating a business strategy like many other cities, we created a work strategy. So when the jobs left, so did a lot of people’s only source of income.”

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