Did you know that nearly 9 percent of Utahns live in poverty? That’s 279,435 people, including 88,324 children. These are people whose annual income is below the poverty threshold set by the government: a yearly income of $25,926 or less for a family of four in Utah. In Utah County, 9.7 percent of residents are living in poverty. For Wasatch and Summit counties, those numbers are 5 and 4.7 percent. 

Chances are that, unless you’ve lived in poverty, you don’t really understand it. That’s why Community Action Services offers a monthly class—Bridges Out of Poverty—so people can learn about and understand poverty. Keep reading to find out more about the course and why you should attend.

What Is Bridges Out of Poverty?