GET COUNTED: Black leaders emphasize the importance of filling out the Census

Cyril Josh Barker | 2/6/2020, 10:55 a.m.
In 2010, New York City’s self-response rate to the Census was just 61.9%, a lower number than the national average ...
In mid January Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off the NYC Census 2020 "Complete Count" with community partners, labor unions and elected officials. Elinor Tatum photo

“It is fundamentally important that we understand that while we may have our opinions about the word ‘Black,’ in this country, Black is a protected racial category,” said Favors. “There is a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Census is and how it connects to our day-to-day lives.”

Community-based organizations are organizing pop-up centers across the city to assist those with the Census. Computers, tablets, and handheld devices will be available to help New Yorkers complete the Census.

Houses of worship will also host special programming around the Census and have special “Census Sundays” in several locations throughout the city.

“The pop up centers will be housed in our community organizations and in our libraries,” Menin said. “We’re going to have hundreds of pop up centers. We have computer terminals, collateral material about the Census and staff that’s trained in filling out the Census.”

Residents will still be able to fill out the 10-question paper form that will be mailed to homes. In the event the Census gets no response, the Census Bureau will begin its door-knocking Nonresponse Follow-Up Operation (NRFU) around mid-May, which will run through the end of July.

“It is important that everyone regardless of how their household is comprised, gets the Census done,” Daniel said. “All the Census is, is your RSVP for what could be the greatest party in the world, living right here in New York City. It’s simple and it’s free.”

The city has set up a website with information about the Census at www.nyc.gov/Census.