How Can We Ensure Those With No Address of Their Own Are Counted?
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Peter Chen, Policy Counsel with Advocates for Children of New Jersey, about the critical importance of ensuring that individuals experiencing homelessness are counted in the 2020 Census.
- Educate those you serve about what the Census
- Ensure that Service Based Enumeration sites such as food pantries and soup kitchens will have WIFI so that individuals can respond to the Census on tablets. Can you partner with a local library to borrow WIFI hotspots to provide WIFI access?
- Ask the New York Regional Census office to send partner specialist staff to your agency or organization to offer Census support Plan a Census event for March or April 2020 and invite Census staff to attend the event
- Offer incentives such as “free shops” at food pantries– an extra time to come in and shop for food in exchange for filling out the census?
- Work for the overnight count of the homeless that takes place at the end of March – Homeless outreach staff make great census workers as they know where to find those experiencing homelessness in their community who do not reside in shelters