Annual report on intergenerational poverty in Utah released for 2019

New analysis shows improvement since initiative began and areas for continued growth

The Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission today released the state’s Eighth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency and the Use of Public Assistance. The report highlights data from multiple state agencies and provides the first progress analysis of the families initially identified as experiencing intergenerational poverty in 2012, when the initiative began.

"It is encouraging to see that our efforts since 2012 are having an impact," said Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, chair of the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission. "This updated analysis on how the families we identified years ago are doing now is vital so that we can continue to address Utahns’ needs in a meaningful way. Ultimately, we are working to give all Utah children and families their best opportunities for success." More...

New report features Utah as one of the “states leading the way” for lifting up families

Ascend at the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington D.C., released a report today Practical Solutions that Lift Up Children and Families, which featured Utah as one of the states leading the way.

Tracy Gruber, senior advisor of Utah’s intergenerational poverty initiative and director of the Department of Workforce Services’ Office of Child Care, was part of a panel in Washington D.C. to discuss Utah’s progress and solutions that were shared in the report. More...