The Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform
Commission released today the state’s fifth
annual report on intergenerational poverty, welfare dependency and the use of
public assistance. The report continues to highlight the data from multiple
state agencies serving families caught in the cycle of poverty and shares
promising practices taking place statewide.
In 2016, the
Commission focused on 10 rural communities with the highest rate of children at
risk of remaining in poverty. The data from last year’s report was broken down
to the county level and shared with local leaders. Each of the counties are
currently in the process of organizing committees to build a plan with local
counties that are proactively working on addressing intergenerational poverty
include Beaver, Utah and Weber. One metro community, the City of South Salt
Lake, is also utilizing the data to help solve the issue of poverty at the
local level by establishing the Promise South Salt Lake program.
To view the annual report and for more
information on Utah’s efforts, visit intergenerationalpoverty.utah.gov.
View media coverage about the 2016 report: KUTV2,
Lake Tribune, and Deseret
Utah's Fifth Annual Report on intergenerational poverty, welfare dependency and the use of public assistance was released on Sept. 29, 2016 at a media event held at the Utah Community Action - Head Start.
Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox serves as chair of the Intergenerational Poverty Welfare Reform Commission.