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We’re coming together to be counted.

Washington Census Alliance is a statewide coalition of 55 organizations led by and working in communities of color. We advocate for the unique needs of our communities.

Together, we’re launching an unprecedented relational organizing campaign to ensure that historically undercounted communities throughout Washington state are counted in the 2020 Census.

Critical funding and political representation are at stake in 2020.

The census helps determine how much federal funding and how many congressional representatives each state gets. In 2016 alone, Washington received $16.7 billion in federal assistance, based on data collected during the 2010 Census. But this year, a complete an accurate count is at risk. The Trump administration’s failed effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census has spread fear and confusion, discouraging participation and jeopardizing funding for underserved communities.

Together, our community organizations can make the difference.

In response to this threat, our member organizations came together to form the Washington Census Alliance. We are on a mission to ensure communities of color are counted in the 2020 Census. Our goal is to strengthen collaboration and cultivate leaders. We are providing funding and support to organizations led by and serving communities of color doing census outreach and engagement. At a time when people feel that they cannot trust their government, our member organizations are stepping in to leverage the relationships they have with local communities to combat fear and help people complete the census.

A fair and accurate count in the 2020 Census will be the first step in ensuring that historically marginalized communities receive the resources and representation they need.

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5 Things to Know About the 2020 Census

  • Complete it starting March 2020.
    Starting March 12, people will receive letters in the mail with instructions on how to complete the 2020 Census.
  • Everyone should be counted.
    Regardless of immigration or citizenship status, including kids, seniors, military members, and people experiencing homelessness.
  • There is NO citizenship question.
    The 2020 Census will not ask if you’re a U.S. citizen.
  • Census answers are confidential.
    By law, census answers cannot be shared with ICE, other law enforcement, public assistance programs, or other agencies.
  • Avoid a scam.
    The census and its staff will never ask for social security numbers, bank information, or money.