COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS NOW!

Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. This is the time to get involved. The Census counts. So does Bridgeport!

Complete the 2020 Census by clicking the link below! And educate your community about the importance of being counted!

COUNT ME IN!

WHAT IS OUR PRESENT?

Being undercounted in the Census has significant impacts on our community and quality of life.

  • The 2010 Census undercounted the Black community by more than 800,000
  • Black men have been historically undercounted in greater numbers than men of other racial or ethnic groups
  • Today, more than one in three Black people live in hard-to-count census tract

Source: https://censuscounts.org/gotc-toolkit-background/

IMMIGRANT HOUSEHOLDS MAY NOT TRUST THE CENSUS

  • Extreme political rhetoric and federal detention and deportation operations target our undocumented community and could reduce participation among immigrant communities
  • Latinx Families have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging our families, communities, and neighborhoods
  • Latinx children in particular are among the most undercounted populations in the United States
  • Today, there are 56.5 million People of hispanic/latinx ethnicity living in the United States and roughly one in three live in hard-to-count census tracts

If you or your neighbors need a safe and secure place to discuss your concerns regarding the census, please contact Make The Road Connecticut. Make the Road Connecticut works to support immigrants to be active in their communities and to lift themselves out of poverty through legal and support services, civic engagement, transformative education and policy innovation.

Si usted o sus vecinos necesitan un lugar seguro para discutir sus inquietudes con respecto al censo, comuníquese con Se Hace Camino Connecticut. Se Hace Camino Connecticut trabaja para apoyar la participación activa de inmigrantes en sus comunidades y ayudarse a si mismos a salir de la pobreza a través de los servicios jurídicos y de apoyo, la participación cívica, la educación transformadora y políticas innovadoras.

Source: https://censuscounts.org/gotc-toolkit-background/

CONTACT MAKE THE ROAD CT!

WOMEN & CHILDREN!

WOMEN & CHILDREN!

Census data is used in distributing billions of dollars in nutrition programs for women, infants and children—and billions more for Head Start, school lunches, temporary assistance for needy families, maternal and child health services block grants, and more.

If Bridgeport is not fully counted in the census, women, children and families will miss out on resources we need to be safe, healthy and successful.

BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!

BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!

Public spending on transportation infrastructure hit nearly $300 billion in 2017. Billions of dollars in federal transportation spending is distributed using census data, including capital investment grants for public transit and money for highway planning and construction. State and community leaders use census data to help determine when bus routes need to be changed or added to match up with where people live and work.

If Bridgeport is not fully counted in the census, we could miss out on public transportation options we need to get to work and school – and to reverse the effects of climate change.

FAIR REPRESENTATION & POLITICAL POWER!

FAIR REPRESENTATION & POLITICAL POWER!

The census is required by the U.S. Constitution once every ten years to make sure that political power is fairly allocated among the states—and within states at the local level.

Because of our nation’s history of white supremacy and structural racism, black, brown, and low-income communities have historically been classified as “harder to count” fully— communities just like Bridgeport.

We all can commit to doing everything we can to prevent people from being missed by the census.

JOBS WHERE PEOPLE ARE!

JOBS WHERE PEOPLE ARE!

Companies use census data to identify communities where they might build a factory or office building, or open new stores. Census numbers also guide the distribution of billions of dollars in community development block grants.

If Bridgeport is not fully counted in the 2020 Census, we will miss out on investments that bring jobs to neighborhoods that need and deserve them.

HOUSING WHERE IT IS NEEDED!

HOUSING WHERE IT IS NEEDED!

Urban planners and government officials rely on census data to identify places where the population is growing and new investments in housing are needed. Census numbers are used to distribute billions of dollars every year related to housing, including Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other housing assistance programs.

If Bridgeport is not fully counted in the 2020 Census, more people will miss out on affordable places to live.

HEALTH CARE OPTIONS!

HEALTH CARE OPTIONS!

In 2016, Community Health Centers served more than 25 million patients in urban and rural locations. Community Health Centers are often the only source of care available to low-income patients, and are playing an increasingly important role in providing treatment for people caught up in the opioid epidemic.

If Bridgeport isn’t fully counted, our needs won’t be represented in census figures, and we could miss out when officials decide where health clinics should be located and how much funding they will get.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE!

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE!

In 2017, public spending for water resources and utilities topped $140 billion. The 2020 Census will help determine where and how billions of dollars are spent on infrastructure needs like water treatment facilities to get clean drinking water to where residents live—and to treat wastewater and protect the environment in areas where population is growing.

If Bridgeport isn’t fully counted, it could miss out on crucial investments in clean water and other investments in community and environmental well-being.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES!

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES!

Census data influences the distribution of billions of dollars—almost $16 billion for Title I grants that help local educational agencies serve more than 24 million students in low-income families and communities, more than $12 billion for special education grants to states, along with funds for the national school lunch program, Head Start, and grants for improving teacher quality.

If Bridgeport is not fully counted in the 2020 Census, our children could miss out on the educational resources they need and deserve.

CONTACT INFORMATION

To learn more about jobs, outreach in your community, & partnerships with the U.S. Census Bureau, contact:

 

To learn more about jobs, outreach in your community, & citywide Complete Count efforts, contact:

  • Maria Viggiano, City Council Representative, 136th District
  • Bridgeport Complete Count Committee, Co-Chair
  • Phone: (475) 225-6136
  • Email: Maria.Viggiano@bridgeportct.gov

 

If you are a member of the immigrant or undocumented community and want to discuss the census in a safe place / Si necesitas traducción / contact:

  • Make The Road Connecticut
  • Oficina/Office: 850 State Street, Bridgeport CT
  • Telefono/Telephone: 203-549-8841

 

If you’d like to join Bridgeport Generation Now in our “Complete Count” local efforts, contact: