Why does the Census matter?
The Census count affects political representation and power in congress, and billions of dollars of federal and state funding, shaping our hospitals, schools, police presence, public transit, and road systems. It also affects nonprofits, which rely on government funding to provide vital services and programs—and the amount of public funding is determined by population census count numbers. A severe under count in the 2020 Census would jeopardize the very existence of many nonprofits, causing them to cut staff, end programs, and cripple their ability to connect with underserved communities. A complete count ensures that all of our communities will be represented and resourced accurately.
The 2020 Census brings unique challenges:
- Distrust in government is high.
- This will be the first digital census with an online approach, which may be compromised because 35% of U.S. adults do not have Internet access at home.
- While there will not be a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census, there is a residual fear among the immigrant community about filling out a government form given the recent attempt for such a question, as well as ongoing anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies coming from Washington.
Workshops and Trainings
CRE is organizing a series of Census educational workshops and capacity building trainings to offer tools and resources to support community-based organizations in their work to increase census participation among their constituents. If you have specific questions, feel free to email [email protected].
Census 101: Energizing and Mobilizing NYC Nonprofits to Get Out The Count
This training will provide an introduction to the Census, why it matters, and the barriers New York faces to achieve a complete and accurate count. Nonprofits with longstanding relationships within communities serve as trusted messengers and key partners in the Get Out the Count efforts. The session aims to spark ideas for how organizations can help increase census participation in their communities—particularly those that are traditionally under counted—by building on existing programmatic work and leveraging organizational assets and networks.
- Monday, December 16 (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
- Friday, December 20 (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
Register by completing this form.
More information to come on further trainings and workshops!
Other Census events
Learn about the Census, Neighborhood Organizing Census Committees (NOCCs), and how to get involved! Sign up by the links below
- Brooklyn, 11/26 (6pm): Brooklyn Public Library – Central Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza)
- Manhattan, 12/02 (6pm): The New York Public Library – Celeste Auditorium (476 5th Ave)
- Queens, TBD
- Staten Island, TBD