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We are a statewide coalition of organizations led by, and who serve communities of color, in order to focus energy and resources on historically undercounted communities in their regions and throughout Washington state.

Communities of Color have been historically undercounted in the previous Census counts. Our alliance has come together because we know that organizations led and served by communities of color are instrumental to understanding and advocating for the unique needs of our communities.

Why a Community Alliance for the 2020 Census

The Census results determine how much federal funding is allocated to each state, as well as how many seats in the US House of Representatives. Washington State stands to lose $19,000 for every person not counted. Unfortunately, due the fear-based policies under the current administration, Census 2020 is at grave risk for severe undercounting, which will greatly jeopardize funding for critical services.

Meanwhile, we have organizations led and served by communities of color who are instrumental to the outreach efforts. Due to the heightened fear regarding any government interaction inspired by the Trump Administration, these trusted groups play critical roles. To compound the challenges, there are many organizations that care about the Census, but have not had the funding or the time to coordinate services.

This year, a group of these organizations came together to form the Census Organizing Alliance to coordinate efforts, strengthen collaborations, and develop a program that will provide organizations led by and serving communities of color with the staffing and support they need to be engaged in the Census.

Why does the census matter?

The decennial census plays a pivotal role in collecting and reporting data that is essential for the government, business, and nonprofits to function in supporting services for communities across Washington state.

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What is at stake in an undercounted Census?

Hundreds of federal financial assistance programs rely on data derived from the Census to guide the geographic distribution of funds to states, counties, cities, and households.

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Who is traditionally undercounted and why does this matter?

The Census has traditionally undercounted certain communities and areas. Called by the Census Bureau Hard to Count Communities (HTC) and Areas by the Census Bureau, these are defined as communities and areas where completed surveys were returned via mail at much lower rates compared to numbers of occupied housing units that received questionnaires.

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Why the 2020 Census could have an even more significant population undercount?

The Census Bureau has been underfunded for the 2020 cycle, causing a delay in planning and staffing operations. Experts recommend that the 2020 Census operations require an additional $194 million to the $1.654 billion currently requested for fiscal year 2018.

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