Read The Column: Why Filling Out That Census Form Is So Important For Angelenos — And Outreach Is Critical
This week LAist columnist Erick Galindo headed to Plaza Mexico in Lynwood to chat people up about the 2020 Census. He asked if they'd filled out their census forms, and if anyone had shown up at the door to help them. He writes:
A Latina in a green dress who refused to give me her name said someone came to her house weeks ago to help her fill it out. Maria Delgado from Compton told me something similar. An older Black couple from South Central, Mimi and Joe, said an enumerator helped them, too. An older gentleman from Carson said his wife filled it out online...
Then there was Joaquin from Watts, who said he had not filled out the census, and wasn't sure if his wife had done it for them. A young man named Marcos said maybe one of his roommates filled it out. He wasn't sure. Marian, a young Black woman, told me she didn't fill it out, and wasn't sure if any census takers had knocked on her door.
If it wasn't for that enumerator, I explained to him, California could have lost about $1,000 in federal funds a year for the next 10 years due simply to Carlos not being counted. That's how much money the state stands to lose for each uncounted person. Money that goes to important public services, like Medi-Cal and public schools. California could also lose more representation in Congress than it already stands to.
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