Know Your Rights & Be Counted
The next United States Census will be conducted on April 1, 2020. The decennial Census is the official population count of our country, and it determines our fair share of federal funding and our federal representation in Congress. Much is at stake for our region in this next Census. That’s why the City of Seattle is partnering with King County and trusted community leaders to ensure you have the resources you need to know your rights and be counted in the U.S. 2020 Census.
The Regional Census Fund: Fall 2019
The Regional Census Fund (RCF) is a collaboration between the City of Seattle, King County, and Seattle Foundation to provide $1 million in funding to help community organizations prepare for the 2020 Census. The RCF will help community-based organizations conduct outreach to historically under-counted populations.
The application period for the first round of the RCF has closed. The next round of funding is expected to take place in Fall 2019. All King County-based 501(c)3 organizations conducting Census outreach are encouraged to apply. Funds will be administered by the Seattle Foundation.
Meet the Seattle Census Task Force
The Seattle Census Task Force is a coalition of local elected officials and community leaders who are organizing Seattle’s preparations for the 2020 Census. The Seattle Census Task Force advises Mayor Durkan on policy and outreach to historically under-counted communities and will help implement 2020 Census preparations to ensure a complete, informed, and safe count.
We know that the Census is so important because it allocates billions of dollars in federal aid to Washington State each year. But the Census also tells us who we are as a city, and it helps us define what’s important to us.
The Seattle Census Task Force is working to ensure our residents have the resources and information they deserve to participate in the 2020 Census. The Seattle Census Task Force is co-chaired by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and Refugee Women’s Alliance Executive Director Mahnaz Eshetu.
Much is at stake for Seattle in the 2020 Census. The City of Seattle and King County acknowledges that many communities, especially immigrant and refugee residents, may be fearful of participating in the U.S. Census. We hope this website and our community-based partner organizations will help inform communities of their rights and what is at stake for next year’s Census. Go here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Census 2020.
A fair and complete Census count will help ensure Seattle receives its fair share of federal resources. Certain federal funds are dispersed by population. Examples of these critical federal investments include Safe Routes to School projects, hazardous material release training for Seattle firefighters, and our rapid rehousing programs that help move families and children out of homelessness and into permanent housing. Federal funds are also used to create affordable homes and provide housing stability for low-income households including through affordable housing development, energy improvements, critical home repair, and home buyer education.