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Alameda County Supervisors Keith Carson and Nate Miley held a Virtual Town Hall last month to “discuss creative ways to raise awareness about Census 2020 in African American and Latin Communities”.

Oct. 31 is the new deadline to self-report and complete the Census information.

The Census Partnership Engagement Program Initiative is working to raise awareness about the Census and its importance in “hard to count” communities.

There is mistrust, language barriers, repercussions about loss of benefits and/or deportation.

At risk for the state of California is $100 billion from the federal government to fund 130 programs, including transportation, health care, seniors, homelessness, mental health care and more. The number of representatives in the U.S. Congress is at risk as well.

Currently, 59.5% of Black people in Alameda County have self-reported to the Census as compared to a final 60% in the 2010 Census.  Latinx Alameda County residents are self-reporting at 54.32%  compared with a final of 62.24% final in the  2010 Census.

In order not to lose funding and representation 100% of the folks need to be counted.

Folks can complete the Census questionnaire they received in the mail or simply go online at www.2020census.gov or MyBlackCounts.org or call 211 for questions and folks speaking 200 different languages to answer questions.

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