With Census Day 2020 less than a year away, local governments across the Kansas City region are ramping up efforts to ensure a complete and accurate count.
Elected officials are working with community-based organizations and business representatives, faith-based leaders, school officials and others to educate residents about the census and why it’s important to their communities.
The Health Forward Foundation and the REACH Healthcare Foundation are funding an outreach initiative that includes the creation of a regional complete count committee. MARC will support the regional committee’s efforts over the next year.
The goal of the regional committee is to:
- Coordinate a regional information campaign.
- Assist local communities in forming their own complete count committees.
- Engage hard-to-count populations.
- Increase digital access to online census forms.
- Identify trusted messengers in the community to get the word out.
The regional committee is currently working to identify strategies to increase internet access, outline the role of partners and encourage public participation in the census. The committee will announce details about the regional information campaign this summer.
Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, is used to redraw federal, state, and local election districts and provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support programs in states and local communities. An undercount of 1 percent of the population in 2020 could cost the Kansas City region more than $48 million per year.
To learn more about the region’s census outreach efforts, visit www.Census2020kc.org.