The U.S. Census data is used to make decisions around education, health care, infrastructure and political representation. With increased growth in the country, getting an accurate and complete count of every person living here is crucial to ensure each state receives funding to support the residents, particularly those in stressed economic areas. The focus must continue to be on reaching hard to count communities and ensuring these communities get included in the Erie County Census and receive the benefits of the census.
The League's census work occurs in three phases: 1. education, 2. Get Out to Count activities, and 3. Watchdog reporting. In the months leading up to Census Day, April 1st, Leagues around the country will work in coalition to help get everyone counted, work in Complete Count Committees to share out information about low-reporting areas, and communicate where additional support is needed. Once the Census count wraps up in the Summer/Fall of 2020, the League's will remain in communities and will watchdog any issues from the ground.