There’s a lot at stake in the 2020 census. The data from each census is used to determine funding for critical programs like SNAP (food stamps), WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), CHIP (The Children’s Health Insurance Program) special education, free and reduced lunch programs, Head Start and more. Communities are at risk of losing critical funding for programs and services that benefit everyone in Michigan and we need to count on each other to make sure everyone counts.
Many Michigan communities are at risk of being undercounted, and estimates show that the state would lose $1,800 per year in federal funding for each person who goes uncounted in 2020. Children, in particular, are at risk of being missed in the census. In 2010, more than 10% of children under age 5 were not counted. We must make sure that all people, including children, are counted this time around.
States Can Help Ensure a Complete 2020 Census (Report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
Michigan Nonprofits Count (Campaign from Michigan Nonprofit Association)
Changes Coming to Census Data (Blog from Michigan League for Public Policy)
Count all Kids (Blog from Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Complete Count Committee (Press release from Gov. Whitmer’s office)
How many people in your community are at risk of being uncounted? Use our tool to find out.