Ensuring Everyone is Counted in the 2020 Census

Greater New Haven Counts 2020, a Foundation-led collaborative, will focus its outreach in neighborhoods that have historically been under-counted.

With billions in federal funding to Connecticut at stake, The Foundation is working to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 U.S. census.

Greater New Haven Counts 2020 (GNH Counts) is a nonpartisan collaborative led by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven and nonprofit partners in the region. The Community Foundation is also a partner in the City of New Haven's census effort: New Haven Complete Count.

GNH Counts will focus its efforts on reaching hard to count populations including: households with young people (under 25); people of color; low income households; children under five; people facing housing instability; and households where English is a second language. The work is targeted in West Haven, Hamden, East Haven and New Haven neighborhoods that have historically been undercounted.

Did you know?

For the first time, the U.S. census is going to ask the majority of households to answer the census online, which presents a challenge for families without Internet in their homes. GNH Counts will work to overcome this digital divide.

What is at stake?

More than three hundred federal spending programs rely on data derived from the Decennial Census to guide the geographic distribution of funds to states, counties, cities, and households. In 2016, Connecticut received $10.7 Billion from the 55 largest federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. Learn more at the Counting for Dollars 2020 Project by the George Washington Institute for Public Policy.

Key Milestones

Mid-March - Homes will beign receiving invitations to complete the census

April 1 - Census Day: By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.

Late July - In-person visits to household that haven't responded begin.

December 31 - The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

March 31, 2021 - Redistricting counts sent to the states.

How can local orgs help?

Nonprofits can learn how to ensure every person they serve is counted by attending free workshops led by U.S. Census Bureau staff via the Count Me In 2020 Workshop Series — one of which will be held January 22, 2020 at The Community Foundation. Learn more and register here.

What The Foundation is doing:

The Foundation in partnership with the City of New Haven provided census community engagement grants to the following community partners: Connecticut Students for a Dream, Citywide Youth Coalition, Inc, Christian Community Action, Apostle Immigrant Services, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, JUNTA for Progressive Action, Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church, Witnesses to Hunger New Haven, Unidad Latina Accion, New Haven Family Alliance.

GNH Counts community engagement activities:

Songwriting contest and Visual Arts contest
• Training to nonprofits and volunteers: Begins Feb. 20
• Census award kick off event (TBD)

For more information about these activities, please email gnhvote2018@gmail.com.

Additional resouces:

Field Job Opportunities in Connecticut region
US Census Bureau
Mobilizing Data-Driven Local Outreach for the 2020 Census