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:
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 was 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).