With millions of federal dollars at stake, increasing anxiety in the immigrant community about information sharing, and now in light of the contact restrictions brought on by the COVID19 crisis, we have teamed up with four community-based organizations in Chelsea, Everett and Revere to make sure every person in our region is counted in the 2020 Census. This regional collaboration is supported by the Complete Count Grant program and is led by the outreach team at the Chelsea Collaborative (Chelsea) and includes La Comunidad (Everett), Women Encouraging Empowerment (Revere), and Revere Youth in Action (Revere). We are focusing on the following “hard-to-reach” communities:
WHY A FULL COUNT MATTERS
For Chelsea, Revere and Everett this includes over $10 million in federal fundingfor schools through the Title 1 program and over $4 million dollars in grants foraffordable housing and job training in the region.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Dispel misinformation about the census by providing accurate information about the Census and how the data will be used.
Digital and on the ground canvassing to 15,000 homes,
Educational events and workshops,
Media campaign “Aqui Estamos y Contamos” to reach 25,000 hard-to-count individuals.
Direct assistance and outreach to collect census responses.
Originally, the groups had planned to open 6 Questionnaire Assistance Centers across the three cities and partner with bodegas on outreach.
We have now shifted to virtual phone-banking of our more than 7500 members and providing this assistance on the phone.
Micro-target areas with low self-responses via continued engagement, education and a robust media effort.
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