The Community-based Subcommittee will coordinate with community organizations that serve the special needs of various civic, fraternal and advocacy groups. This subcommittee will design and implement a census awareness campaign targeting specific hard-to-count communities.
How will the 2020 Census impact community-based groups?
Community-based groups will play a vital role in the 2020 Census as trusted voices in their communities and among the people they serve each day. These groups provide essential and needed services and assistance to some of the most vulnerable Alabamians. In fact, these agencies often administer many of the federal programs that support health care, healthy children, and education at the local level. Also, many clients of these organizations are often in groups considered as hard-to-count by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Here are just a few of the support and assistance programs that are guided in some part by data derived from the census and their 2016 obligations to Alabama.
Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) – $3,964,085,000
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – $1,254,835,320
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers – $194,272,000
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – $102,479,587
Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans – $435,108,296
Head Start – $138,342,659
WIC – $110,726,000
Low Income Home Energy Assistance – $43,520,240
Community Services Block Grant – $13,132,186
All of us either depend on the assistance provided through these programs or know someone who does.
Can my group help clients complete their census forms?
Yes. In short, you can provide materials and equipment to make it as easy to respond as possible and encourage people to respond, but you should not collect information on their behalf.
See complete details here: Supporting self-response in the 2020 Census (PDF)