Utah Releases Sixth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty

The Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission released in October 2017 the state’s Sixth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency and the Use of Public Assistance.

The report highlights data from multiple state agencies serving families in the cycle of poverty and shares an update on the Commission’s activities in advancing the work in key focus areas of early childhood development, education, family economic stability and health. 

Key data findings with modest improvements in intergenerational poverty include an increase in certified high-quality preschool programs, improved graduation rates and an increase in average annual wages for adults in intergenerational poverty.

An example of a program that is improving one of the focus areas—family economic stability—is the Department of Workforce Services’ Invest in You Too program at Salt Lake Community College. This career pathway program helps single mothersseveral who are experiencing intergenerational poverty—build jobs skills and helps local employers fill high-demand positions.

Watch here: Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and Tracy Gruber, senior advisor of the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative at the annual report release event sharing new data tools and introducing the Invest in You Too program.

Learn more about the Invest in You Too program in the media coverage: Deseret NewsSalt Lake TribuneFOX13

To view the report and new data tools, visit intergenerationalpoverty.utah.gov.