The Census is a big deal. The data collected will impact almost every vital service and program in NYC and nationwide. Think airports, roads, nonprofit grants, etc. But nonpartisan experts agree that getting an accurate count in 2020 will be extraordinarily difficult because of data security fears and government intrusion, along with a national political climate that makes immigrants afraid to be counted. In addition, budget cuts at the Census Bureau will likely result in fewer people available to follow-up with households that fail to respond initially, putting more people at risk of going uncounted.
The New York State Census Equity Fund supports nonprofit groups that reach hard-to-count communities, working to prevent loss of federal money and representation, not only in the city but also in Westchester, Long Island, and throughout New York State.