Where is the Money? A Call to Action to ask New York State to Release Census Funds to Support a Complete Count in 2020
Dear Colleagues:

As many of you are aware, New York State appropriated $20 million to support Census efforts after a valiant and tireless effort from key coalitions and advocates. The New York State Census Equity Fund’s (NYSCEF) External Relations Committee led by Robyn Smith (Central New York Community Foundation) and Sol Marie Alfonso Jones (Long Island Community Foundation) have been working closely with stakeholders, partners, and advocates to ensure the $20 million is allocated in a timely fashion and is awarded to nonprofits and municipalities to support a complete count in New York State. As of today, it is still uncertain and unclear when and how the state will distribute those resources.

We are asking you for your help in this effort to get NYS to release the funds by calling your mayors, county executives, and/or your state representatives to ask the state to allocate the necessary funds to support a complete count in 2020. If a phone call isn’t your style, consider drafting a letter. To help you, I have attached here is a a letter that was delivered to Budget Director Robert Mujica last week from the NYSCEF urging the state government to share its plan and to release the funds in a timeframe that will support Get Out the Count efforts. Also, below is a link to a letter that was drafted and signed by numerous invested partners on Long Island led by NYSCEF grantee the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, the organization supporting the Complete Count Commissions in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. https://healthwelfarecounciloflongisland.salsalabs.org/censussignonletter/index.html .

Please send all correspondence to Budget Director, Robert Mujica’s email, which is Robert.mujica@budget.ny.gov , and cc Rich Tobe, Director of Special Intergovernmental Projects at New York State Department of Labor Richard.Tobe@labor.ny.gov .

By showing our geographic strength, we are confident the state will speed up their process and award the funds to support our efforts to count every New Yorker. Our communities deserve it. Our nonprofit partners need it. And our democracy demands it.

Thank you for your support. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Maria Mottola , Executive Director, The New York Foundation
Cara Matteliano , Vice President, Community Impact, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Sol Marie Jones , Senior Program Officer, The Long Island Community Foundation

From our partners at the Regional Census Bureau Office:

"Complete Count Committees (CCC) are taking their mission to the next level. From Syracuse, to Portsmouth, to Lajas, CCC's are now laying the groundwork for how they will share messaging throughout their communities. Also, the list of CCC's continues rapid growth across the region! Please take a look here to view the map and find the CCC in your community."  xt

The Sample 2020 Census Questionnaire is Available for The Public to View
Take a look at the final 2020 Census questionnaire here .

Resources Announced for Pre-K Teachers
The Census Bureau has released teaching resources for pre-K teachers, including census songs “Everyone Counts” and "¡Todos cuentan!”— Listen here .

The US Census Bureau Launches new Website
In an attempt to make finding information easier, the Bureau has launched a new website in English and Spanish. Take a look here .

2020 Census Partner Materials are Released

Since partners are critical in the Complete Count effort, the Bureau has created a suite of tools for your use. Check them out here .

New Jobs are Posted - Please share with your network

The Bureau is need of thousands of more people in our area to apply for Census Taker jobs at 2020Census.gov/jobs , and there's still time to apply for management, partnership specialist and IT technician jobs at USAJobs.gov .

A few months ago, we let you know that the HTC maps included:

  1. Type of Enumeration Areas
  2. Area Census Office Boundaries

The team at CUNY has just announced the addition to the following updates :
  1. Contact information for local Census Bureau offices
  2. Organizations working on GOTC efforts in communities
  3. Visualization of areas with a lack of internet access

If you have any questions, contact the Mapping Service at CUNY Graduate Center for more information.
FCC Announces Upcoming Webinars and Training for Partners

September 17 :   Engaging Business for the 2020 Census  (hosted by ReadyNation)

September 18 Census Operations Part 5: How to Monitor the Count in Real Time (hosted by Census Counts + FCI)

September 26 Developing Your HTC List  (hosted by Census Counts + 270 Strategies).  

Census Bureau to Host Webinar on Release of 2018 American Community Survey Statistics

What: The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on Sept. 19 from 2-3 p.m. EDT in advance of the Sept. 26 release of the 2018 American Community Survey statistics.
The webinar will show participants how to access new data and online resources from the 2018 American Community Survey. Attendees will also learn about changes related to this release, and tips for comparing geographies and statistics over time. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. EDT.

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community in the nation. This survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers for communities across the nation. It includes statistics for language, education, commuting, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance. The one-year statistics will be available for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more.

When : Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. EDT
Who:       R. Chase Sawye r , Survey Statistician, American Community Survey Office, U.S. Census Bureau
Tyson Weister , Program Analyst, Center for Enterprise Dissemination, U.S. Census Bureau
Daniel Velez , Public Affairs Specialist, Public Information Office, U.S. Census Bureau   
Access:   The webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation. Attendees will be able to ask questions following the presentation. 
Audio conference access information
                       Toll-free number: 877-352-5213
                       Participant pass code: 8779315
                       Online presentation access information

Please log in 10-15 minutes early, as some setup is required. An updated browser is recommended.
The US Census Bureau is holding an event in Philadelphia to celebrate and mark Constitution Day. This is a great opportunity to convene and celebrate in a similar fashion in your region to help promote participating in Census.

American Library Association
Tip sheet for libraries about how to support enumerator recruitment
Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality & National Disability Rights Network
Census 2020 Back to School resources for parents, educators, teachers, and advocates 

Bilingual poster, factsheet, and social media graphics  on the importance of Census data on healthcare funding for local health centers

Census 2020 Communications Toolkit  with updated information on the citizenship question and the impact of recent raids in some immigrant communities. A fact sheet, in both  English  and  Spanish , on the importance of counting all children, in partnership with First 5 Association in California

Census Bureau Materials
Outreach materials ( online here ) including posters, guides, materials for specific groups (e.g., businesses, rural audiences, immigrant audiences)

New logos and taglines in the 12 non-English languages supported for internet and phone response options ( online here )


Did you know that CensusCounts.org has resources for Foundations and Nonprofits?
Click here to find an active resource library to help answer your Census questions.

Find out Why Your Foundation Should Become a 2020 Census Official Partner by clicking here .

For grantees looking to engage in census-related activities, refer them to   NY Counts 2020.   NY Counts 2020 is a coalition of nearly 100 diverse nonprofits/groups from across New York State developing a state-strategy focused on advocacy efforts, and providing information, resources and technical assistance as it relates to 'get out the count' measures to community-based organizations. 

This email was generated by Engage New York in support of the NYS Census Equity Fund; a pooled fund focused on supporting and mobilizing get out the count efforts to ensure every New Yorker is counted in Census 2020.