This was conceptualized to increase our city’s level of participation in the US Census. It was recently announced the effort scheduled to end in October had its deadline changed to September, a 30 day reduction in data collection time. That almost guarantees a massive under-count of populations in cities across the country, especially Syracuse. This doesn’t have to be the case. If each person reading this column; calls, emails, tweets or texts at least one person within the next 2 weeks, with a simple message, “have you completed your 2020 Census form yet?”
Corny, yes. But we must use any legal means necessary to accurately count our population. As a community that receives major allotments based on our levels of concentrated poverty, we need to make sure the count accurately reflects the snapshot of Syracuse. The good, the bad and the not so good, document it.
It’s summed up on the US Census website:
Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education
Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare—including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems.
Review the aforementioned “Census results affect…” you’ll realize, not one city resident is left untouched by investments made by the Federal Government into our city.
Therefore, try it. Contact someone and ask, “have you completed the 2020 Census?” The form came in the mail, if you can’t locate the official mail-in documents, go online to complete your Census forms. The life of our neighborhoods and the continued improvements in our city depends on it.
Each One – Reach One, let’s try it.