The climb becomes easier together

Community engagement answers a call for help when systemic barriers stand in the way of success. The rate of poverty in our community, both local and refugees in Utah, is directly influenced by limited access to resources like healthcare, housing, and childcare.

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Healthcare

In 2015, 23.5% people under age 65 and below 138% of the federal poverty line did not have health insurance.

When an individual’s most basic needs, like healthcare, are not met, it is difficult to focus on larger financial goals. These individuals often find themselves pressed beneath the poverty line. Locals and refugees in Utah cannot escape the cycle of poverty without help.

Housing

In Utah, 24.1% of homeowners and 44.4% of renters spend more than a third of their income on housing.

Moreover, there are half as many low-income housing options for low-income individuals. When such a large portion of income is spent surviving, thriving becomes impossible without support.  

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Childcare

Professional success for Utah natives and refugees in Utah is nearly impossible for parents who cannot afford to work outside the home. Inadequate or unaffordable childcare limits career options for low-income parents.

Generational Poverty

Situational poverty is caused by a sudden event in a middle or upper-class household that limits resources, while generational poverty last for two or more generations.

Solutions for resolving situational and generational poverty are different. Those stuck in a generational pattern of poverty often lack understanding of middle-class rules and require additional support to become economically stable. Generational poverty influences the rate of poverty in Utah drastically. Generational poverty affects locals and refugees in Utah, equally.

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