The climb becomes easier together

Community advocates are necessary when systemic barriers stand in the way of success. Poverty is influenced by limited access to resources like healthcare, housing, childcare, and living wage jobs.

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In 2017, 10.2% people under age 65 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.


In Utah, 23.9% of homeowners and 44.3% of renters spend more than a third of their monthly 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.  



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.