What you need to know about the 2020 Census

Prosper Waco board members Kyle Deaver and Andrea Barefield at the Census 2020 news conference. Photo: Kristin Hoppa, Waco Tribune-Herald. 

“A local group spreading the word about Census 2020 will focus its efforts on three groups that have long been hard to count: Hispanics, the homeless and students.

Much rides on an accurate Census count, including representation in Congress, federal funding for local projects and industry relocations, among others. Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver tried to drive home that point during a news conference Monday on the steps of City Hall.

“In 2010, Texas was the only state to gain four seats in Congress,” said Deaver, referencing the state’s growing population. “The federal government distributes more than $675 billion to states and communities based on Census data. For each person not counted, Waco/McLennan County loses $1,578 per year for 10 years. Just this March, the city of Waco received a $1.5 million HUD grant to combat lead-based paint hazards through remediation efforts that low-income residents would not be able to cover.”

Read the full article here: https://www.wacotrib.com/news/business/hispanics-students-a-focus-of-census-outreach-efforts-in-waco/article_3c047a1a-7d92-54df-9b5a-1ae13946ea30.html?fbclid=IwAR1jHzd7gr2t00uHGOxAb09p11URQX-T-fDLzrTE3S_vnyxAmBNHhi1iEnE