February 19, 2020
NEW YORK – Tomorrow, Thursday, February 20 at 10 AM, just three weeks before the launch of the 2020 Census, New York City Census 2020 and its NYC Complete Count Fund Partners, including the New York Public Library, will host a local media roundtable focused on the critical importance of the census in determining billions of dollars for education, healthcare, housing, transportation, and more, as well as ensuring that all New Yorkers from all backgrounds are fully represented in the nation's once-in-a-decade count of its populace.
The decennial census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed every year for key programs and services, the census also determines each state's fair share of representation in Congress, as well as how local, state, and federal legislative district lines are drawn. Census data is also the basis of civil rights litigation and local and state funding decisions, in addition to providing critical demographic information about our communities.
The NYC Census 2020 media roundtable will provide a briefing to local media on census activity borough wide and will highlight efforts to reach some of the largest communities in the Bronx including African-American, African immigrant, Latinx, South Asian, East European, and other communities. Panelists will present on their specific outreach efforts and will be available for Q+A following the formal discussion. During the 2010 Census, New York City's average self-response rate was just 61.9 percent compared to the national average of 76 percent. While the Bronx self-response rate was slightly better than the citywide average at 62.6 percent, some areas of the borough hovered as low as 47 percent. In order to ensure that The Bronx, New York City, and New York State receive their fair share of resources and representation, a complete and accurate count will need to be achieved this year.
What: NYC Census 2020 Bronx Media Roundtable
When: Thursday February 20, 2020 / 10 – 11:30 AM
Where: NYPL Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Rd, Room C21, Bronx, NY 10458