Hard-to-count populations the focus of Sept. 11 training
With less than a year before the 2020 Federal Census, the Cape Cod Commission has partnered with the Town of Barnstable and Barnstable County to increase awareness about the importance of responding to the 2020 Federal Census.
A Cape-wide training facilitated by Regional Office of the U.S. Census and staff from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth will be held at 11:00 AM on September 11, 2019 at Barnstable Town Hall in Hyannis. This training will provide an overview of the Census process, methods for communicating and sharing information, and ways to promote participation. It is intended for municipal leaders and staff, along with non-profits connected to hard-to–count populations.
Hard-to-count populations include young children, seniors, snowbirds, racial and ethnic minorities, non-English speakers, those with low incomes, those experiencing homelessness, and those who do not live in traditional housing.
Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells, County Administrator Jack Yunits, and Commission Executive Director Kristy Senatori serve as co-chairs of the Cape Cod Complete Count Committee, which kicked off during this year’s OneCape Summit, held in July. This volunteer advisory committee represents a broad cross-section of Cape residents and brings together those best suited to reach traditionally hard-to-count populations.
“The importance of a complete and accurate count can’t be overstated,” Senatori said. “The Commission depends on data from the Census to better understand who our residents are, and the challenges and opportunities they experience.”
Data collected through the 2020 Census will set more than just population estimates for the next 10 years. It will serve as the basis for elected representation, federal and state funding formulas and program eligibility.