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The Importance of Counting Everyone in Census 2010 in the Southwest Border Region
 

The Importance of Counting Everyone in Census 2010 in the Southwest Border Region

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This presentation illustrates the importance of counting everyone, regardless of citizenship, in southwest Border communities in U.S. Census 2010. The slides explain why it is vital for ...

This presentation illustrates the importance of counting everyone, regardless of citizenship, in southwest Border communities in U.S. Census 2010. The slides explain why it is vital for municipalities, philanthropies and nonprofit groups to assist in ensuring an accurate and just count in the region including the potential federal funding lost through undercounting. And also provides information about financial and other resources available for local outreach through the Census Bureau and other initiatives.

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The Importance of Counting Everyone in Census 2010 in the Southwest Border Region The Importance of Counting Everyone in Census 2010 in the Southwest Border Region Presentation Transcript

  • The Importance of Counting Everyone in Border Communities in Census 2010
  • Census 2010
    What is Census 2010
    Why is it so important?
    Hard-to-Count populations
    Border Communities Count Campaign
    Important messages
    Resources
    What we can do
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  • Frontera Asset Building Network
    A coalition of 80+ organizations
    Southwest Border of the United States
    Helping working families
    increase their income
    stabilize their financial lives
    build wealth
    Frontera Asset Building Network www.fabnetwork.org3
  • 2010 Census
    The 2010 Census is a count of everyone residing in the United States
    Everyone regardless of citizenship
    must be counted
    April 1, 2010 is Census Day
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  • How People are Counted
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    Step 1: March 2010 households receive Census form either by mail or in person.
    Step 2: March-April 1 households complete the form & mail it back.
    Step 3: April 1, 2010 is Census Day. Responses on the form should include everyone living at an address.
    Step 4: April-July follow-up. Those who haven’t responded will be visited by a Census worker.
    Step 5: Dec 31, 2010 the final results will be sent to the President.
  • You may not know…
    4:1 - rate at which Latinos were more likely to be missed in Census 2000
    $478 million - the estimated amount of net federal funds lost to states from 2002-2012 due to undercounting in the 2000 Census
    $1,200 to $2,200 per person – approximate federal funding Border communities currently receive related to 2000 Census count
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  • Important Reasons for Ensuring an Accurate Count in Your Community
    Consequences of undercounting are significant
    Federal funding
    Voting rights
    Economic development & private investment
    Community services & infrastructure
    Data for decisions
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  • Border Area Population is Hard-to-Count
    Many populations at high risk of not being counted:
    Immigrants
    Undocumented persons
    Families with young children
    Families with mixed legal status
    Transient or displaced families, such as homeless people, foreclosure victims, and migrant workers
    Isolated communities - rural, colonias & Native American reservations
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  • Hard-to-Count Counties
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    Census maps out strategy to count hardest-to-get residents. USA TODAY 10-20-09
  • Hard-to-Count Counties Southwest Border Region
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    California
    Arizona
    New Mexico
    Texas
    Adapted from Census Map USA TODAY 10-20-09
  • In These Hard-to-Count Populations
    Trust issues
    Mistrust of government agencies
    Fear
    Language as a barrier
    Tentative about filling out forms
    Worried about where the information goes
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  • Being Counted is Easy
    • It’s important
    It’s easy
    It’s safe
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  • It’s Easy
    • 10 questions – 10 minutes
    • In Spanish & English
    • Community-based Census Assistance Centers
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  • 10 questions – 10 minutes
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  • It’s Safe
    • Completely confidential
    • Individual information is safe & strongly protected by law
    Census Bureau staff cannot share information with anyone including federal & law enforcement entities
    Stiff penalties for a breach
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  • Some Important Messages
    Everyone counts
    It’s vital to participate in Census 2010
    The Census is important for your community
    Benefits
    Community impact
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  • How Census Data Benefits Us
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    From U.S. Census Bureau’s Toolkit for Reaching Latinos
  • Some Important Messages
    It’s vital to participate in Census 2010
    The Census is important for your community
    Benefits
    Community impact
    Safety
    Confidentiality
    Ease
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  • By participating in the Census, you can help create a better future for you & those important to you.
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  • Ensure a complete, accurate & just count in southwest Border communities
    Partner & collaborate with national, regional & local groups
    Reach those at high risk of not being counted
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  • Border Communities Count Resources
    Website
    Census resources
    Small grants
    Outreach strategies
    News & updates
    Twitter
    Webinars & trainings
    Technical assistance
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  • FABN Small Grants
    Deadline Dec 15, 2009
    Census outreach for hard-to-count groups
    Southwest Border states
    Up to $3,000
    501c3 organizations
    Be an official Census partner
    Overlay outreach activities on existing programs
    Complete all activities by March 30, 2010
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  • U.S. Census Bureau Resources
    Website
    Become a Partner
    Complete Count Committee 
    Toolkits
    Latinos
    Immigrants
    Migrant Workers
    Questionnaire Assistance Centers
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  • U.S. Census Partnership Sites
    Denver
    720-475-3670
    Los Angeles
    818-717-5820
    Dallas
    214-637-9680
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    Southwest Border States
    Census Bureau
    1-866-928-2010 Spanish assistance
  • NALEO’s Ya Es Hora Campaign
    Website
    How to Complete the Cenus Form
    Step-by-step guide
    Toolkits
    Spanish/English information
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  • Nonprofits Count
    Website
    Census Toolkit for Nonprofits
    Fact Sheets
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  • Indian Country Counts
    Website
    Toolkit for Tribes
    Cool T-shirts
    Webinars & videos
    News & updates
    Discussion boards
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  • Other National & Regional Resources
    Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
    California Complete Count
    League of Women Voters
    Asian American Justice Center
    LULAC(League of United Latin American Citizens)
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  • Our Biggest Resource
    The trusted voices of grassroots nonprofit & other community-based groups
    Directly connecting with residents
    Collaborating with you
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  • What You Can Do
    Join the Border Community Counts initiative!
    Stay updated with our Enews & Twitter
    Become a US Census Partner
    Connect with local Complete Count Committee
    Explore existing resources
    Get active
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  • Outreach Strategies
    Put information about the Census in newsletters & Enews
    Place links to US Census & other resources on your web site
    Host information events
    Partner with regional & local groups to get the word out
    Find ways to add Census outreach & education to your existing programs
    Distribute information to all your contacts & clients – email, fliers, paycheck stuffers etc
    Ask volunteers & staff to get the word out
    Talk to local media about covering the Census
    Get involved in big or small ways
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  • We all need to act together to make sure the Border region is counted fairly & accurately
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  • Thank You for Participating
    Maria Markham
    Frontera Asset Building Network
    Census 2010 Coordinator
    info@fabnetwork.org
    202-486-8813
     
    Follow FABN online:
    Website | Census Information | Twitter | E-news
    Building strong financial futures for
    working families in the Southwest Border
     
    LET’S MAKE
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