Stay informed about the Census and what is happening locally and nationally.
Organizations that serve the immigrant and Latinx population are being tasked with encouraging their communities to participate in the upcoming 2020 census. The US Census Bureau is turning to these so-called “trusted voices,” in an effort to alleviate fears about how the data will be used. Officials with the US Census Bureau are holding workshops across the state designed to help local nonprofits educate their communities about the data-gathering effort.
Peter Sabo, a North Carolina specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, spoke to the county commissioners Monday night about the goal of having more than 82 percent of people in the county respond to the survey. Commissioner Bill Lawhon moved to adopt a resolution for a partnership between the county and the Census Bureau. The motion passed unanimously. Sabo said census numbers factor into the number of representatives states have in Congress along with the distribution of federal funds totaling more than $675 billion nationwide.
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Mecklenburg Director for Census Lawanda Blair Foster discusses the 2020 Census at the next League of Women Voters lunch. Foster will also talk about why the census is important to Charlotte and the county, key dates and how to get involved, including participation and new initiatives to increase accurate self-response. The public is welcome to attend the free event Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the league’s office in the Midwood International and Cultural Center (room 210), 1817 Central Ave. Visit www.goleaguego.org for details.
When you get a census form next year, Orange County wants you to fill it out. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide survey to determine how the characteristics of the U.S. population have changed and how to allocate federal funding for the upcoming decade. Beginning on April 1, 2020, the Census Bureau will attempt to count every person residing in the country in order to reapportion congressional seats, potentially redistrict states and distribute over $675 billion in federal funding every year until the next census.
JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County — Onslow County is reminding residents how important the 2020 census will be, after a lack of responses in 2010 cost the county millions of dollars. Officials estimate the county lost approximately $402 million due to citizens not filling out the 2010 census. For the 2020 census, they are hoping to avoid this issue. A census is taken every ten years to count the number of residents in Onslow County and that number is used to receive federal funding. Officials say many Onslow County residents did not complete the census in 2010, so the county did not receive the appropriate amount of money.
NC Counts and Blueprint NC invite organizations committed to ensuring a fair and accurate Census to apply for grants in the range of $7000 - $15,000 for individual organizations. Collaborative proposals for larger amounts will be considered. Funds will support plans in NC communities at risk of being undercounted, also known as hard-to-count (HTC) communities. In the fall of 2019, up to $250,000 will be disbursed. Additional rounds will be announced contingent on funding.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 join NC Counts Coalition, North Carolina Campus Compact and NALEO Educational Fund for an NC focused ‘Get Out The Count’ Census convening bringing together a broad set of stakeholders from across the State – including racial, ethnic, immigrant, housing, education, health, labor, business, social service organizations, funders and local government for a day of 2020 Census engagement. This convening will be an ideal opportunity to discuss the upcoming decennial Census in a comprehensive way.
Andrews – According to the Census Bureau, 384 Cherokee County census taker applicants are required to achieve a complete and accurate 2020 survey. This week, the Andrews Valley Initiative, Andrews Chamber of Commerce, Nantahala Public Libraries and volunteers mobilized by Mary Ann Anderson serve the county to bring those Census jobs, as well as the federal funding and just representation that will follow. The community joins the 2020 Census Community Partnership and Engagement program in a Census recruitment kick-off headquartered at the Andrews Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers and partnership specialist Debbie Denise Reese will engage and prepare local residents to apply as 2020 Census takers. The 2020 Census partnership effort in Cherokee County seeks a 100 percent applicant recruitment and 100 percent response to the 2020 Census next April. The Census Recruitment kickoff runs this week between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Attendees will learn how to prepare and submit a Census application. They will learn why an accurate Census count is essential for services that affect everyone in Cherokee County. The count determines funding for programs such as roads, education, housing, economic development, and assistance to children, young mothers, seniors and veterans.
The federal government is widening its recruiting efforts for 2020 census jobs to include certain noncitizens for their non-English language skills, a Census Bureau official announced this week. In general, Congress does not allow government agencies to hire noncitizens using federal tax dollars, and the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau, prioritizes U.S. citizens when filling positions. But if a citizen with needed language skills cannot be hired, there are some exceptions that allow for the temporary employment of green card holders applying to become U.S. citizens, refugees or people granted asylum who have declared plans to become green card holders and later citizens, and people born in American Samoa. "We will employ that flexibility," Tim Olson, the bureau's associate director for field operations, said Tuesday, "and be able to hire noncitizens that are legally entitled to work in the U.S. for language purposes if in fact we do not have a citizen available in our pool."
In order to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census, Person County has formed a Complete Count Committee and the Person County Board of Commissioners made $12,000 available for the committee at its meeting Monday morning “The goal is to count every person once, only once and in the right place,” said CCC co-chair Sallie Vaughn. “And we want to count those people where they are, in place, on April 1, 2020. For the first time ever, the population will be able to respond to the census online in 2020, Vaughn said Vaughn, who is the director of the county’s GIS department, explained that 95 percent of the county will receive their census invitations by mail, around 5 percent will receive their invitation when a census taker drops it off and less than 1 percent will be physically counted by a census taker.