Photo Essay: Utah's Fifth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty

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 solutions.


Additional 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


View media coverage about the 2016 report: KUTV2, KSL5, ABC4, FOX13, Salt Lake Tribune, and Deseret News.

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.