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2020 Census Efforts Underway: Immigrant Participation is Key

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by John-Mark de Palma and Lori Davis 

April 1st, dubbed the, ‘Census 2020 Day of Action,’ kicked off this week. The goal is to improve the accuracy and participation in the upcoming count. However, community groups fear that immigrants will not fully participate in the 2020 Census. The census provides vital information that determines the number of congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets and how more than $675 billion of federal funding will be distributed for schools, roads and other public services in local communities.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York relies on the contributions of the federal government to deliver, coordinate, and advocate for quality human services and programs.  A loss of federal funding would lead to the reduction and/or elimination of crucial programs and have significant impact on our ability to deliver services to our most vulnerable citizens. 

In the coming months, Catholic Charities New York will work together with local, city, state and federal governments and other partners to help ensure our community is accurately represented and that we engage hard-to-reach communities and make sure these populations are counted in 2020. This will include educating constituents about the census, trainings, peer support, and maintaining a local presence through schools and parishes and engaging the media with a united voice. 


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