OC HUMAN RELATIONS JOINS 2020 OC CENSUS COMMUNITY TABLE

Did you know that 25% of Orange County – or close to 800,000 individuals – is considered to be Hard-to-Count during the 2020 Census?

That’s why we have joined Charitable Ventures and the OC Census Community Table – a diverse group of funders and nonprofit partners – to conduct Census outreach and engagement for our Hard-to-Count – HTC communities in Orange County.  The 2020 Census project will run from July 2019 through September 2020.

A fair and accurate 2020 Census count is vital for Orange County. 

We only get one chance every 10 years at achieving an accurate count – these data will inform important policy decisions and determine federal funding allocations for a decade.

According to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the 2020 Census is facing unprecedented challenges, including years of underfunding, a climate of fear, the challenges of the first “high tech” census, and the potential addition of a last-minute, untested citizenship question. That means we will all have to work together to overcome these challenges and help achieve a fair and accurate census to ensure that the hardest-to-count communities—like people of color, low-income folks, LGBTQ people, immigrant communities, rural communities, and young children–aren’t missed.

What is the Census and why is it important*?

  • The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted every 10 years. The next census will take place from March through July of 2020.
  • Census data are important to our democracy – these data determine apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government.
  • Census data also guide the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding to programs that are crucial to the well-being of families and communities.
    • Top 10 Census Guided Federal Programs: Medicaid
    • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP)
    • Medicare
    • Highway Planning and Construction
    • Section 8 Housing
    • Title 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies
    • National School Lunch Program
    • Special Education Grants
    • State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP)
    • Head Start / Early Head Start

(*) FROM NALEO’S FIELD AND COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT

We only get one chance every 10 years at achieving an accurate count – these data will inform important policy decisions and determine federal funding allocations for a decade.

For more information about the Census 2020 and opportunities to participate, please contact Edgar Medina at [email protected] or at (714) 480-6570