Gov. Herbert Declares May 2014 as Community Action Month

At the 4th annual Conference on Poverty, Gov. Herbert recognized Utah’s Community Action Network’s efforts in improving the conditions of Utah’s poor and declared May 2014 as Community Action Month.

“As many of you may know, I believe in self-determination ­­­– our ability as a state to find Utah solutions to uniquely Utah problems,” said Gov. Herbert. “So I appreciate the fact that Community Action’s purpose is to provide local solution to addressing poverty.”

In 2012, more than 360,000 Utahns were in poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau. However, Utah’s poverty rate is 10 percent, one-third lower than the national average of 15 percent.

“Still, even one person living in poverty is one too many,” said Gov. Herbert. “By working together in a collaborative fashion, we are able find innovative solutions to our challenges.”

Each year, Utah’s Community Action Network serves more than 295,000 Utahns, including over 90,000 children and 32,000 seniors through a wide variety of services including:

• Job readiness training

• Head Start

• Financial counseling

• Food pantries

• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

• Other services designed to help families become self-sufficient