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The Census and COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our Census outreach operations. In an effort to keep everyone as up to date and informed as we can, we are compiling daily updates here.

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Community Action Partnership & Census 2020

What is the Census?

Every 10 years, the government conducts a comprehensive count, a “census,” of the entire population of the country, including all people regardless of age, housing situation, or citizenship status. Census data shapes the future of our communities and is the basis for determining representation and legislative districts, school zones, and voting precincts. Census data is especially important because it determines how $800 billion in federal resources will be distributed each year including funding for essential programs like CSBG, Head Start, LiHEAP, and SNAP. Visit the US Census Bureau here for more information about the 2020 Census.

How is the Partnership involved?

Community Action Partnership is part of the Census Counts campaign, which involves more than 15 national organizations and dozens of community partners working together to make sure that the 2020 Census is fair and accurate. The Partnership is the lead representative for the low-income “hard-to count” population.

What Can I Do to Help?

Stay Up-to-Date on Census News

Here are some easy ways you can stay up-to-date on Census News:

  • Subscribe to the Partnership Census 2020 Newsletter
  • Read the Partnership CCC Blog
  • Join the Partnership Census Engagement Group on Facebook

The most important thing about staying up-to-date is sharing the information with your staff, volunteers, and community members. Let’s make sure everyone is counted in 2020!

Join the Partnership's Complete Count Committee (CCC)

We invite every agency to nominate one person on staff to serve as your agency’s key contact for Census news, outreach, and information to help us ensure a coordinated national response.

We want one person from every agency to join the Partnership’s CCC.

Being a CCC rep is a small time commitment: complete the 2 hour Census Moodle Course, read our weekly emails, participate in voluntary webinars, and keep other staff members informed of Census-related updates. With your help, we can get every agency directly connected to the Partnership’s Census efforts!

Click here to nominate a staff member.

Recruit for Census 2020 Positions

The US Census is hiring for both part-time and full-time jobs, and wages range between $13-17/hr plus mileage, depending on the location. Most positions will start in the winter or spring, so spreading the word about these opportunities now is important so people can have time to get their applications in.

Click here to find job openings in your area.

Decide Where to Focus in Your Area

Prioritize hard-to-count communities by locating them on this map. You can zoom to any area in the country and the map will highlight the local hard-to-count groups and provide details about how much of the area’s population may be at risk of an undercount. You can also view local resources in hard-to-count areas such as public library branches.

Use Our Free Census Materials

The Partnership Census team has assembled a comprehensive resource library for your use. In the library, you’ll find videos that dive deeper into how CAAs, State Associations, and individuals can help ensure everyone is fairly counted in the 2020 Census. In addition to videos, you’ll find outreach toolkits, one-pagers, and helpful guides. Click here to access these free materials.

Additional Helplines

Census Counts 2020 Partners