New Policy Brief on Census 2020

Date: June 19, 2019
New Policy Brief on Census 2020

Our new policy brief offers an overview of the 2020 Census: what it is and why it matters for Western New York.

The 2020 Census is critical for determining legislative representation and the allocation of federal funding. Yet, there are challenges to getting a fair and accurate count, especially among traditionally marginalized communities. The brief defines what is meant by “hard-to-count” areas or groups and explores why is important to achieve a fair and accurate count in next year’s census.

The brief also includes maps of undercounted areas in Erie County and the City of Buffalo. It plots key community resources in these areas, including public library branches, immigrant and ethnic organizations, and neighborhood-based community groups and community centers. It recommends an inclusive approach to the 2020 Census, including coordinated efforts across cities and counties, community education, and the critically important involvement of a wide variety of community-based organizations.

This policy brief was drafted by Anna Blatto, AmeriCorps Communications and Research Specialist at Partnership for the Public Good.

Read "Census 2020: Making Western New York Count" here.