Utah’s Intergenerational Poverty Initiative
Since 2012, Utah has utilized research and data to embark on a strategic campaign to ensure that the state is the national leader in promoting the well-being of children experiencing intergenerational poverty.
Over the past six years, the state has made progress addressing intergenerational poverty by creating a collaborative environment to solve this complex issue. It continues to leverage its success in reducing income inequality and moving people out of poverty to ensure families experiencing intergenerational poverty participate in the state’s economic gains.
What is Intergenerational Poverty?
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. Situational poverty does not continue to the next generation, is generally traceable to a specific incident, and is typically time limited. Utah created its own measurement of intergenerational poverty based on enrollment in four public assistance programs where eligibility is closely aligned with the federal poverty measure.
Senior Advisor, Utah's Intergenerational Poverty Initiative