Utah's Five- and 10-Year Plan to Address Intergenerational Poverty

The Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission released the revised Utah’s Plan for a Stronger Future: Five- and 10-Year Plan to Address Intergenerational Poverty. The plan details a set of recommendations and opportunities for communities to address focus areas of child well-being in early childhood development, education, family economic stability and health. 

“Utah is committed to addressing the complex issue of intergenerational poverty with our strategic five- and 10-year plan,” Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox and chair of the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission said. “To be successful in our efforts, we urge leaders and organizations to consider the recommendations laid out in the plan and work together on solutions that could lift families out of the cycle of poverty.” 

The Five- and 10-Year Plan recommends involvement from state and local leaders, faith-based communities, nonprofits, business and academic institutions to address intergenerational poverty. The data-driven plan also provides recommended opportunities in each of the focus areas. Using the recommendations, communities can consider improving their existing resources to address current gaps found in the data contained in the Utah’s Fifth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency, and the Use of Public Assistance, and make data-driven decisions to use resources wisely in the future.

“Our state is well positioned with its variety of programs and systems to improve the quality of life for families in the cycle of poverty,” said Jon Pierpont, vice chair of the Commission and executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “As a Commission, we’re confident this plan will address intergenerational poverty throughout Utah and will create a better future for children at risk of remaining in poverty.”

Families in intergenerational poverty are found in all counties in Utah with more than one-third of the state’s child population at risk of remaining in poverty into adulthood, according to the annual data report.

Utah’s definition of intergenerational poverty is poverty in which two or more successive generations of a family continue in the cycle of poverty, as measured through utilization of public assistance for at least 12 months as an adult and at least 12 months as a child.

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