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Advocacy & Policy Research

Advocacy & Policy Research

Advocacy and Legislative Updates

One hundred four women and men, elected to represent the residents of Utah, make up our state legislature. Twenty nine senators and 75 representatives are responsible for Utah's annual budget and laws that are passed, amended, or repealed at the state level.

It is critical that ALL Utah residents and their views and circumstances are considered by this honorable body of elected officials when passing laws and creating budgets. At CAP Utah, our staff works to keep the struggles of those in poverty throughout the state top of mind when our legislature is considering laws and budget changes that could affect this vulnerable population. We work to educate our lawmakers, keeping them current with poverty trends, and work together with them to find solutions to end poverty in Utah.

If you would like legislative updates and information about how you can be empowered to help your friends, family members, and neighbors in Utah who struggle with poverty, please click here to sign up for our email alerts.

Community Services Block Grant 

"For the war against poverty will not be won here in Washington. It must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House."
-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. These grants are available to:

  • States
  • The District of Columbia
  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Territories
  • Federally and state-recognized Indian Tribes and tribal organizations
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Migrant and seasonal farm workers' agencies
  • Other organizations specifically designated by the states

CSBG funding supports projects that:

  • Lessen poverty in communities
  • Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly
  • Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health
  • In addition, discretionary grants are available at the statewide or local level, or for associations with demonstrated expertise in addressing the needs of low-income families, such as Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

With the support of CSBG funding, states and CAAs work together to achieve the following goals for low-income individuals:

  • Increased self-sufficiency
  • Improved living conditions
  • Ownership of and pride in their communities
  • Strong family and support systems
  • Working together, agencies increase their capacity to achieve results. Partnerships among supporters and providers of services play a large role in the successful implementation of CSBG grants.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Community Services

Family Investment Coalition (FIC) 

The Family Investment Coalition (FIC) is a statewide nonpartisan coalition of organizations dedicated to helping all Utah families. We work to ensure that federal and state programs and services are adequate to support the needs of the community and revenues are collected fairly.

Principles:

  • Economic Growth: Budget decisions at the state level should recognize that public investments are an effective tool in promoting economic growth, jobs, and wage growth.
  • Community Strength: State budget decisions should recognize that improving the conditions and opportunities of those who are economically vulnerable strengthens communities.
  • Civic Engagement: Engagement of member agencies and community members in the state legislative process is essential to improving the conditions of economically vulnerable families and should be supported and encouraged.

The FIC meets monthly whenever the Utah State Legislature meets for Interim (generally the third Wednesday of each month with the exception of August and December) and weekly during the Utah General Legislative Session (45 days starting the Monday following Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Members discuss current state policies, agency priorities, and solicit support of legislation that improves the lives of Utah families and provides for their economic, physical, and emotional well-being.

For information about the meetings and how you can become a part of FIC, please contact Barbara Munoz at .