The Decennial Census is here. We write to urge you to allocate $750,000.00 in funding to support a complete and accurate 2020 Census count for North Carolina.
We greatly appreciate all of your efforts to help North Carolinians stay healthy and safe during this national crisis. As you consider North Carolina’s COVID-19 recovery, please remember that a complete and accurate Census count will ensure that North Carolina receives its fair share of $1.5 trillion a year in federal funds that will support programs and services that will help North Carolinians recover post COVID-19. The current pandemic is shedding light on how government operates, and the vital services government provides. For example:
In FY2016 North Carolina received a total $23.8 billion in Census guided funding to support school lunches for North Carolina’s children, medication for North Carolina seniors, affordable housing for North Carolina residents, Federal Pell grants for North Carolina colleges and universities, better and safer roads for North Carolina communities and more. The Census touches our communities in many ways. A complete and accurate count is essential to help ease the pain of the economic squeeze families across our state are experiencing and will put resources in the places they need to be.
The Census operation began in North Carolina on March 12, 2020. As of April 12, 2020, North Carolina remains one of the lowest performing states for Census participation. In fact:
North Carolina is not performing well in the Census operation, but our state still has time to improve. In an effort to protect employees and the public while supporting an accurate enumeration, the US Census Bureau has extended the deadline for self-response participation through October 31, 2020. With $750,000.00 North Carolina can implement an education and outreach campaign to increase Census awareness and participation across the state and ensure that North Carolina has equitable access over the next ten years to federal funds that will build healthy and vibrant communities. We urge you to make a small investment in the Census operation now to gain a larger return for our people and our communities for the 10 years to come. North Carolina cannot afford an inaccurate count.
We greatly appreciate all of your efforts to help North Carolina through this national crisis. This funding request is critically important to help rebuild North Carolina as our state works together to provide essential services, programs and support to North Carolina communities. Thank you for your consideration.
This sign-on letter is coordinated by N.C. Counts Coalition. N.C. Counts Coalition partners with government, planning, community and nonprofit organizations, service providers and businesses to improve the quality of life for North Carolinians with a complete, inclusive and accurate 2020 Census count. We believe that accurate Census data is essential to the economic well-being of North Carolina and the general well-being of every single North Carolinian. To learn more, go to: www.NCCensus.org.