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Census 2020

Many don't realize the direct relationship between the Census and Congressional representation, Federal funding for essential community resources, such as schools, hospitals, police, infrastructure (roads, bridges).

 

The 2020 Census will determine - for the next decade - how many seats New York State will have in the US House of Representatives, and the amount of federal government resources that New York State and its localities will receive. New York is at risk of losing two Congressional seats and countless dollars in Federal funding if we have an undercount in the 2020 Census.

 

New Rochelle has a Complete Count Committee, and several members are active on that team. If you are interested in learning how you can help, email us here. Further, Westchester County has a Complete Count Committee that supports municipalities in setting up Complete Count Committees. Check out the Westchester County's Complete Count website for County-specific resources and a list of active Complete Count Committees in cities, towns and villages across the county.

 

We were fortunate to have had Mario Garcia, Partnership Specialist from the Census speak with us. Here is a copy of the slides from his presentation - click on the icon to view:

 



The relentless attacks on immigrants and repeated demands to include a citizenship census question on the 2020 Census could further contribute to a significant undercount of our County and State population.  This would result in reduced federal resources and Congressional representation.

It is estimated that each person who is not counted will cost our municipality $2,750 per year for 10 years in Federal funding.

What can Indivisible members do to help ensure a Complete Count in 2020? Here are some ways we get involved:

  • Create a Census Team in your Indivisible group and engage members from across your local area

  • Join your community's Complete Count Committee

  • Familiarize yourselves with the  Hard-to-Count communities in your area

  • Network, particularly in Hard-to-Count communities, and spread the word that the Census is coming - we provide some links to resources below, and there is a lot more on the Census Bureau site (https://2020census.gov/)

  • Volunteer for Census events, tabling at public events, host a "Get Out the Count" event

  • Educate friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members on why the Census is so important

Complete Count Committees

Distrust in the Federal government is at an all-time high. It is essential that Census efforts are community-driven. It is most effective to work with our local municipalities -- our town/village/city officials to make sure a Complete Count Committee (CCC)  has been established. If a CCC is established, asked to join. Indivisible groups are grassroots organizations our Get Out the Vote goals are very aligned with Complete Count. Everyone counts

Check out the Census Bureau's 2020 Census Complete Count Committee Guide.

 

CCC's are highly localized and serve as a network of key stakeholders for engaging the community in getting out the count. Examples of Complete Count Committee sub-Committees include: Youth, Senior Citizens, Labor, Veterans, Nonprofits, Business and Faith-based. These sub-Committees are likely to vary depending on the needs of any given municipality.

Here are some activities that a Complete Count Committee can do - and Indivisible members can volunteer to coordinate and support many of these efforts:

  • Reach out to organizations and institutions to promote Census outreach (houses of worship, schools, universities, child care/nursery schools, senior centers, senior nutrition sites, homeless shelters, libraries, large and small businesses, community organizations, chambers of commerce)

  • Target local media, papers, blogs and Facebook groups

  • Table at events

  • Identify "captains" for multi-family building and apartments

  • Identify locations to serve as Census Hubs (where people will be assisted in completing the Census)

  • Recruit volunteers to support Census Hubs

  • Host "Get Out the Count" events

  • Recruit community members for Census jobs

 

Not sure whether your municipality has a Complete Count Committee? Check with an elected town or city official. ​​

Census 2020 Resources 

The official Census 2020 website -- https://2020census.gov/ -- is equipped with materials for outreach and education. Here are a few resources that we have curated, a starter-kit for working with your community. These are direct links to the resources on the Census website. 

Census Resource Starter Kit
This is a starter set of materials that you can have ready to give out when engaging community organizations or institutions as Census partners. These are also materials that can be printed and given out at neighborhood events.

The following materials are designed to share with partner organizations or groups:

The following educational/informational materials are designed to share with individuals:

Click on this link to download a zip file containing this entire set of documents. And remember, this is just a set to get you started with doing outreach. There is a lot more on the Census 2020 website!

Links to Resource Libraries:

Here are several direct links to areas of the Census Bureau site - check out these links and more as there is a wealth of available resources for people of all ages. All materials are available in Spanish, and some materials are available in many languages.

Additional Resources:

If you see other resources that should be featured, please let us know (email: info@indivisiblenewrochelle.org)

Hard to Count Communities

Where are the Hard to Count areas in your community? You can visit the Census office's interactive map and search any community in the US to view statistics about each different Census tract: https://www.census.gov/roam You can search the interactive map by address, city or county - enter criteria into the search box. The Census map also provides detailed demographic information about each tract, such as the Low Response score, the number of individuals and households, the number of non-English speaking residents and much more.

The Hard-to-Count Map - https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/ is another mapping resource created by the CUNY Center for Urban Research. Enter locale information such as address, city, county and easily see where the Hard-to-Count areas are near you. 

 

This pdf provides a view of Hard-to-Count tracts in Westchester County that can be downloaded. 

Tools for Groups 

There are many ways for Indivisible members to be involved with local Census efforts. Census education complements some of the voter engagement work we are already doing. This slideshow provides a Census overview:

It can not be too soon to educate them and pass along the message.  Below is a bilingual fact sheet that serves as a general explainer for the Census.

Participating in the Census is a patriotic act

Indivisible New Rochelle members talk about why getting active in the Census is a patriotic act! And why it's so important for 2020.