The 2020 Census

It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. The link to online self-response is HERE.

WHY THE CENSUS MATTERS

The 2020 Census is essential for our democracy. It determines how many representatives Texas will have in Congress. It is used by the federal government to allocate funds to the states for a range of essential federal programs valued at over $59 billion dollars a year. In addition, the Census is used by businesses to make smart decisions about growth and spending.

OUR VOICE

The Census shows how many people live in an area, which determines the number of representatives Texans have in Congress and the number of electoral votes Texas has in presidential elections.

OUR QUALITY OF LIFE

Much of the Federal tax money we send to Washington comes back to Texas based on Census numbers, and supports housing, transportation, and other services we use.

OUR  BUSINESSES

Companies use population and demographic data from the Census to determine where to set up shop and expand, creating jobs and generating opportunities for Texans.

THE NEED

Texas is at a serious risk of an undercount in the 2020 Census. Key issues are:

  • High concentrations of hard-to-count (HTC) individuals in urban cities. 25% of Texans living in hard-to-count areas.
  • Lack of broadband internet in border and rural areas
  • Large populations of young children and immigrants who require greater support and targeted outreach
  • Isolation/distrust of the government
  • Privacy issues

THE IMPACT

Texas will lose @ $300 million PER YEAR in federal dollars for every 1% not counted. Current predictions indicate a likelihood of a 4-8% undercount. Programs affected include:
  • Education                           
  • Heathcare                          
  • Housing
  • Food Assitance                 
  • Transportation

THE OPPORTUNITY

Communities Foundation of Texas, Educate Texas and The Center for Public Policy Priorities have joined together to create the Texas Counts Campaign, an unofficial Complete Count Committee for Texas, and the  Texas Counts Pooled Fund, a statewide funder collaborative to support census efforts across the state  by providing grants and technical support to those areas most in need.
 
TEXAS COUNTS is mobilizing leaders across the state and multiple sectors, including faith, business, government, education, health care, and community-based organizations to:
  • Enlist leaders across sectors to amplify the 2020 Census through their networks and influence;
  • Share information, resources, best practices and tools;
  • Support and complement the outreach work done by the Census Bureau.
The TEXAS COUNTS POOLED FUND is mobilizing funders to invest into a statewide pooled fund to:
  • Create an accessible source for Census outreach funding;
  • Identify high need and hard-to-count areas that may need additional resources and support;
  • Connect high need and hard-to-count areas that may need additional resources and support to potential funders.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Texas Counts Pooled Fund

Donate now to the Texas Counts Pooled Fund and support our efforts to ensure that the resources required to count every Texan are ready and available to the communities most in need.

Texas Counts Campaign

Visit Texascounts.org, the hub for the Texas Counts Campaign. Learn more about the Census, share resources and best practices and find out how to get involved in your area.

Our Statewide Census Approach

Ensuring a complete 2020 Census count is a major project now playing out at the local, statewide, and national levels. Read more about these efforts in Texas and find out how you or your organization can be involved.

Dallas Complete Count Committee Fund

Donate now to the Dallas Complete Count Committee fund and support our efforts to help target Census outreach to hard-to-count communities in Dallas.

Dallas Census Grants

The 2020 Dallas Complete Count Committee will soon be accepting proposals from local organizations in the City of Dallas and Dallas County to drive Census response in hard-to-count communities.

Our Census Approach in Dallas

Stakeholders across Dallas are partnering to ensure that no hard-to-count communities in the city or across the county are left behind. Read more about these city-and-countywide efforts and how you or your organizations can be involved.


For more information about how you or your organization can support our Census efforts, how our statewide and local campaigns and funds are structured, or other topics related to this work, please contact Amy Desler at adesler@cftexas.org.