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Utah poverty rate improving, but still epidemic for some groups

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 20:15:04-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Twelve percent of Utahns live in poverty, a problem far more likely to affect women, children and ethnic minorities.

Barbara Munoz, an analyst with the Community Action Partnership of Utah (CAP), compiles poverty statistics in Utah every year, and she says every conversation about poverty poses a challenge because you never know how the other person perceives what it means to be poor.

They could think of anything from, “an adorable urchin from a Dickens' novel,” to a person dressed in rags, “living under a viaduct or in an abandoned industrial building.”

“My hope is that you open up your heart," Munoz said. "I hope that you start to recognize that people living in poverty are often doing so silently and all around us."

If you would like to read the full report, it’s available here.