The response deadline for the 2020 census has been shortened by a month, and now all field activity and self-responses are due Sept. 30. This will result in a dramatic undercount of Black and Latino communities and other hard-to-count census populations, including those in rural areas and high-poverty neighborhoods. This undercount means fewer federal dollars coming back to our state for essential programs for our most vulnerable Kansans – many of whom you serve, which could result in greater demands on your programs.
We currently have less than 15 days until the Sept. 30 deadline, and nearly 20 percent of Kansans have not responded to the census – in some areas, the response rate is worse! We urgently need your help.
We have been working with the League of Kansas Municipalities, the U.S. Census Bureau, and a range of state and local partners to help increase awareness of the importance and value of an accurate census count to Kansas. We are now reaching out to organizations that work with those most at-risk of being undercounted, and this is where we need your help!
Here’s our ask: Please take a few minutes to help raise the awareness of the 2020 census and its importance for community health efforts, safety, infrastructure, and even how it might impact your organization. Some simple ways to help, include:
We appreciate anything you can do with your connections, meetings and platforms to help us get more Kansans counted in the 2020 census. Please find ready-to-use social media messages on the Kansas Counts website here. If you need materials or have other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for helping us build healthier, stronger communities!
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