How some Utah families are breaking the cycle of poverty

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SALT LAKE CITY — How do you break a cycle of poverty spanning generations?

It’s a question Utah has been trying to answer for the past seven years — and a report published this week offers some suggestions.

A recent analysis by the Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission tracking the nearly 75,000 Utahns who were living in intergenerational poverty in 2012 found that a significant chunk of that population were no longer living in poverty five years later.

The overall rate of Utah children experiencing intergenerational poverty — measured by whether adults in the family have used public assistance for at least one year in childhood and at least one year in adulthood — didn’t change significantly over that five-year span.

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