Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition

Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition

Joined by faith to help ensure every New Yorker is counted

Census occurs every 10 years to decide how the federal government divides an estimated $800 billion each year for such things as public housing, highway construction, Head Start, Medicaid and Medicare. Due to results of the 2010 Census, New York was apportioned over 73 billion dollars in federal funding for the decennial. Federal funds are utilized to help run critical public services in New York such as:

  • WIC
  • SNAP
  • Head Start
  • Public Housing
  • Section 8 Housing Assistance
  • Public Schools
  • Fire Departments
  • Hospitals & Health Care
  • Home Assistance Grants
  • Highway Construction
  • Community Facilities Grants

When undercounts occur, states stand to lose billions of dollars in federal revenue. A decrease of federal dollars has shown to directly impact the lives of low-income New Yorkers and the quality of the human services sector.

The Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition is being organized by Catholic Charities of New York, the Council of People’s Organizations, FPWA, Interfaith Center of New York, and UJA of New York to bring together faith leaders serving in neighborhoods that have historically been undercounted to work together to raise awareness about the importance of the census, and to support faith institutions in helping their community members complete the census during the 2020 self-response period (March 2020-April 2020).

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What does it mean to join the coalition?

Joining the Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition means that you (and/or your house of worship/organization) are a designated supporter of the work of the coalition and an active advisor to one or all of its three subcommittees.


Subcommittees include:

Census Mobilization Toolkit

The Toolkit Subcommittee is tasked with developing a resource guide that helps faith leaders educate the community and build awareness on the census

Messaging & Marketing

The Messaging & Marketing Subcommittee is tasked with curating key language and a messaging strategy that will resonate with the sensitivities of diverse, and hard to count populations.

Boots On-The-Ground

The Boots On-The-Ground Subcommittee is tasked with building out an organizing strategy to assist hard to count neighborhoods complete the online and mail-in census questionnaire during the self-response period (March-April 2020).

Advisement on the subcommittee will require regular attendance at monthly subcommittee meetings until October 2019. Building out an effective Census awareness campaign and on-the-ground strategy will require the joint effort of faith leaders across traditions and across the city to truly make all New Yorkers count.


For more information, contact Faith-Based Outreach & Engagement Coordinator Yolanda Richard or call 212-801-1331.