Utah families trapped in a cycle of poverty have tremendous potential. Their untapped human capital offers a chance for the state economy to benefit from their increased contributions and innovations, and these families have the opportunity to improve their own circumstances by taking advantage of the economic opportunity abounding in our state. There’s no state better positioned to tackle intergenerational poverty than Utah. And with the help of all the right players, we’re confident we’ll see unbridled economic success for Utah families, communities, and our state as a whole.
The fourth annual report on intergenerational poverty sheds additional light on this issue and the factors involved that impact Utah families and children. Some key takeaways from the new report are:
Nearly one third of Utah children are at risk of remaining in poverty as they grow up
Four focus areas of child well-being: early childhood development, education, family economic stability, and health
Eleven percent of the individuals experiencing intergenerational poverty received homeless services
The average wage for adults in the intergenerational poverty adult cohort increased 8% to $11,506
The Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission included a report that outlines policy recommendations
With the fourth research report now published, there is a greater body of actionable data on intergenerational poverty than ever before. We invite you to learn more by visiting the Intergenerational Poverty page here and find out how you can get involved.