OUR communities count! YOU matter, YOU count!
When census information is inaccurate, under-counted people and their communities lose visibility, political representation, and vital resources. According to Keystone Counts, 16 large federal assistance programs distribute $26.8 billion dollars in federal funds to Pennsylvania, based on the census. Those programs include Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, highway planning and construction, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers, Head Start, and the national school lunch program. Historically, there are specific groups that have been under-counted in the census – particularly African Americans, children under the age of five, and low-income populations.
Why Census 2020 is important
Your Participation Matters
The census impacts our funding for essential services and community supports, including health care, housing, food, libraries, education, and roads. Being counted provides a decade of necessary resources for our community.
Essential Funding for our Community is at Stake
Missing a family of five in the count is equal to a loss of $100,000 in resources to our community. Everyone counts on April 1, 2020, National Census Day!
You Can Help Spread the Word
As you interact with community members, encourage them to complete their own census form and to talk to three friends or neighbors about why participation in the 2020 Census is important.
McAuley Ministries granted $60,000 to ensure a complete and accurate count
McAuley Ministries awarded $60,000 to Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania for the Census 2020 Philanthropic Fund. The grant helps fund collaborative efforts of the Pittsburgh philanthropic community in helping to ensure an accurate count, with special attention to reaching the traditionally undercounted populations.
McAuley Ministries convened partners
In May 2019 and February 2020, McAuley Ministries invited census partners to participate in group discussions about ensuring an accurate count in the 2020 Census. We offered a forum for discussion about how to reach traditionally undercounted populations, offered resources to educate and encourage census participation, and brainstormed resources for helping ensure an accurate count.
McAuley Ministries thanks the Jefferson Regional Foundation, Allegheny County Complete Count Committee, and Keystone Counts for their leadership and partnership to support a complete and accurate count of our community.
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