Lt. Governor Bysiewicz Announces 2020 Connecticut Census Week of Action to Encourage Hard-to-Count Communities to Complete the Questionnaire
Data from the Decennial Count Helps to Determine Nearly $11 Billion in Federal Funding Allocations to Connecticut
Lt. Governor Susan today announced that she will be holding a 2020 Connecticut Census Week of Action beginning Monday, June 22 to further engage with hard-to-count communities and encourage households to complete the decennial count.
Throughout the week, Lt. Governor will hold events across the state, targeting hard-to-count populations and will distribute Census materials to households, small businesses and neighborhoods in an effort to achieve a greater response rate.
Connecticut’s response rate – just under 65 percent – exceeds the national average. Nationally, 61.6 percent of households have responded to the 2020 U.S. Census since invitations began arriving in mailboxes in mid-March, according to the 2020 U.S. Census website.
“Cities and communities of color have long been among the hardest to count populations for the U.S. Census. Not being counted is where disinvestment starts. Throughout the 2020 Connecticut Census Week of Action, I will be targeting households in these communities to encourage them to complete the Census. A low response rate means less federal aid and less political representation,” said Lt. Governor .
Nationwide, the 2010 U.S. Census undercounted the African-American population by more than 800,000. Historically, African-American men have been undercounted in greater numbers than men of other racial or ethnic groups. Today, more than one in three African Americans live in hard-to-count census tracts.
Latino children are also among the most undercounted populations in the U.S. More than 56.5 million Latinos live in the U.S., and roughly one in three live in hard-to-count census tracts.
While the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share personally identifiable information with any other government agency, court of law or administrative proceeding, or private entity for any purpose, new arrivals and language barriers are all factors that have also contributed to an undercount among immigrant communities.
Responses from the 2020 U.S. Census helps to determine nearly $11 billion in federal funding allocations to Connecticut for programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, school nutrition programs, disaster relief, community block grants, transportation and highway projects, energy assistance for seniors, and many other programs that families across our state rely on every day.
The outcome of the 2020 Census could have vast ramifications on Connecticut. The State of Connecticut could lose approximately $2,900— or $29,000 over a 10-year period— for every person who is undercounted.
Children under the age of 5 are most often missed in the decennial count. For every child undercounted, the state will lose funding for health insurance, hospital programs, childcare and early childhood development.
“Too often, children are missed in the decennial count. Responses from the 2020 U.S. Census will help to determine funding allocations for the next 10 years. A low response rate means we will have less resources for the programs our children rely on every day for education programs and food assistance,” said Lt. Governor . “To ensure every child is counted, households should count newborn babies at the home where they live and sleep most of the time and children should be included in your count even if that is not their permanent home or they are only living there temporarily.”
The 2020 Connecticut Census Week of Action:
Monday, June 22: Neighborhood Day
- Text or call five neighbors or friends to remind them about the Census.
- Complete a neighborhood walk in an undercounted section of your municipality and distribute Census promotional material.
Tuesday, June 23: Commit to the Count! Social Media Campaign
- Hold a social media challenge: Tag three friends to ask them to complete the Census.
- Ask households to post a selfie with their completed Census, ask three others to do the same.
Wednesday, June 24: Every Child Counts
- Visit local daycare centers and school meal distribution sites to underscore the importance of counting every child.
Thursday, June 25: Small Business Owners Commit to the Count
- Distribute Census materials to local owners during a small business walk and encourage individuals to hand items out to customers.
- Ask business owners to display Census posters in the window of their storefront.
Friday, June 26: 2020 Connecticut Census Car Parade
- To further engage hard-to-count populations, the Lt. Governor will hold “mini” Census car parades in the following cities.
- New Haven
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau adapted or delayed some of its operations to protect the health and safety of its staff and the public.
To date, Connecticut has formed 156 Complete Count Committees in an effort to ensure the State is the best counted state in the nation.
The 2020 Census is open for self-response online at 2020Census.gov, over the phone by calling the number provided in your invitation, and by paper through the mail.
The U.S. Census Bureau is also providing the Internet Self-Response Instrument and Census Questionnaire Assistance in 12 non-English languages; enumerator instrument, bilingual paper questionnaire, bilingual mailing, and field enumeration materials in Spanish; and language guides, language glossaries, and language identification card in 59 non-English languages.
Residents who do not have their unique 12-digit number can still complete the census online or by phone at 2020Census.gov.
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