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2 Article I of the Constitution requires a census every ten years. The next Census occurs on April 1, 2010. Everyone gets counted. Forms will be mailed in March of 2010 to all households. Census takers will follow up with non-responding households. Bilingual census forms will be mailed in some areas The Basic Facts

3 The Constitution requires that a census be held every 10 years and is a nationwide count of every person residing in the United States. Census data are used to reapportion Congressional seats to each state based on population and to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In some communities, Census data are also used to decide City, County and School Board seats. Governments, businesses and nonprofits rely on census data. The Census is the only source of comparable neighborhood-level data across the country. Census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more. Census data are used to protect our civil rights such as enforcement of The Voting Rights Act. What is the Census?

4 Everyone is required by law to participate. All responses are used for statistical purposes only, and all are strictly confidential. The information on your census form is completely confidential, as mandated by federal law, and cannot be disclosed for 72 years. The Census Bureau does not share your personal information with courts, the police, or other federal departments such as the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security. Confidentiality & the Law

5 The census counts every person who lives in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and Guam. The census counts both citizens and non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants. Even those people who do not have traditional "homes" are counted, such as people who are homeless, prison inmates, and residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Who is counted?

6 In 2000, the estimated undercount was 4.5 million people. The homeless The poor Children The language isolated Renters People living in large households Individuals whose homes are being foreclosed Who are the hard-to-count?

7 Lower response rates for mail and door-to-door collection methods in lower- income areas; Lower education levels, illiteracy, and difficulty with the English language, affecting the ability of many individuals to understand the census; A general misunderstanding of the importance of census participation in these communities; Living in housing unites with no mailing address, converted garages, apartments that have been subdivided, make them difficult to be counted; Distrust or suspicion of government, leading to a fear that census responses may be used by immigration or law enforcement officials to deport or incarcerate or may disqualify one for social welfare programs. Why are certain populations harder to count?

8 Latinos and the Census

9 45.5 million U.S. Latinos as of 2007, according to population estimates. U.S. Latinos are now the second largest population group, comprising 14% of the total U.S. population.

10 Low Mail Response Rates Rapid Latino Population Growth Latino Population Concentration in Hard to Count Census Tracts Immigrant fears and Anti-Immigrant Fervor Displacement Suffered by Foreclosures Non-traditional housing units Challenges to a Full Latino Count in 2010

11 In the 58 largest counties in the country, the Census 2000 undercount cost $2,913 per person in 58 largest counties during past decade. The Census Bureau estimates that up to 1 million Latinos were not counted in the 2000 Census. Reapportionment of Congressional seats among the states will be skewed Impact of a Latino Undercount

12 Census Bureau Operations

13 Fall 2008Recruitment begins for local census jobs for early census operations March 2009Census employees go door-to-door to update address list nationwide Fall 2009Recruitment begins for census takers needed for peak workload in 2010 October 2009Remaining Local Census Offices open February 2010Questionnaire Assistance Centers open March 2010Census questionnaires are mailed and or delivered to households April 1, 2010Census Day May 2010Non-response follow-up will occur thru June Census Bureau Timeline

14 13 million Bilingual Forms will be mailed to households in designated Census tracts on March 15-17 Bilingual Forms available at Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Be Counted locations. Telephone Questionnaire Assistance (TQA) at 1-866-872-6868. (If you prefer a Spanish- speaking operator, then dial 1-866-928-2010.) 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. February 25, 2010 through July 30, 2010. Language assistance guides available in 50 languages via the Internet and in 22 languages by calling TQA line. Census Forms

15 The Complete Count Committee (CCC) program consists of community and government leaders dedicated to building awareness of the 2010 Census. Complete Count Committee members can: Organize a team of local people who can provide the cultural and community insights necessary to build 2010 Census awareness efforts. Promote the value of accurate and complete census data. Have a positive impact on the questionnaire response rate. Complete Count Committees (CCCs)

16 The ya es hora Campaign

17 ya es hora is an historic non-partisan Latino civic participation campaign launched as the Latino communitys action-oriented follow-up to the immigrant mobilizations of 2006 Largest and most comprehensive effort to incorporate Latinos as full participants in the American political process Multi-layered integrated campaign - comprehensive approach that links naturalization to voter participation and Census enumeration under a single message: its time

18 A national strategy National coordinators of the ya es hora campaign include: The Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, leaders for immigrant political participation; The NALEO Educational Fund, the leading organization that promotes Latino civic participation; The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization; Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest growing union in the nation.

19 Integrates the power of three of the nations largest Spanish-language media companies. Entravision-operated television stations, dozens of radio stations. impreMedia, the nations #1 Spanish-language newspaper publisher. Univision Communications, Inc. includes Univision television, radio, and online. A media campaign

20 A local strategy Diverse collective of over 400 partner organizations nationwide - alliance of immigrant, grassroots, labor, local, and statewide organizations. Development of local capacity Community expertise critical to success

21 Outcomes ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! contributed to the record 1.4 million legal permanent residents who applied for citizenship in FY 2007, and assisted thousands across the country in 2009. ya es hora ¡Ve y Vota! encouraged thousands to register to vote and make their voice heard in the 2008 Elections, and gears-up for a bolder effort in 2010.

22 A National Initiative to Achieve a Full Latino Count in the 2010 Census

23 The ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! campaign seeks to motivate Latinos to participate in the 2010 Census. We seek to increase mail response rates among Latino households in the United States through a sustained and aggressive community education initiative. We will: Mobilize national, statewide, and local grassroots networks that have supported past phases of the ya es hora campaign to become a partner, help disseminate information about the 2010 Census and assist the community in being counted. Amplify the impact of the Bureaus message by adding an independent and trusted community message focused on empowerment and protecting the our future. Expand the message platform beyond paid advertising, through a coordinated effort between community organizations and Spanish-language media, making the 2010 Census part of a broader Latino movement, joining community programming together with community action. Campaign Goals

24 National Partners

25 Campaign Strategy

26 Grassroots Network

27 Phase I: General Awareness (October 2009-January 2010) Make sure Latinos know what is and when the Census takes place. Remind the community of the impact the Census has on their families and communities. Emphasize that being counted in the Census is important to increasing our voice in the American political process. Phase II: Education (January 2010-April 2010) Walk hand in hand with the community during the enumeration process. Provide accessible information to the community. Assist in completing census forms and/or requesting assistance from the census. Phase III: Hard to Count (April 2010-July 2010) Work directly in the community, through hotline and online resources, and media partners to encourage Latinos to mail back census forms and/or cooperate with Official Census Enumerators.

28 Phase I: General Awareness (October 2009-January 2010) Campaign Timeline October 1st-June 2010Campaign launches October- July 2010Campaign Spokespersons are available October- Dec 2009Partner Train-the-trainers workshop (Toolkits) October-June 2010Recruit Volunteers October- July 2010Census hotline & Website launch October -July 2010 Post links and/or banner ads ( ya es hora website) Dec 22 nd, 2009Census 100 day Countdown Clock launch

29 Phase II: Education (January 2010-April 2010) Campaign Timeline Jan-May 2010Serve as a Campaign Community Information Center (posters) Jan-May 2010Canvass your community with Campaign Census Q &A (Bilingual) Jan-May 2010Volunteer at least one staff and phone line to help answer hotline calls from the 1-877-El-Censo toll-free bilingual hotline..

30 Phase III: Hard to Count (March 2010-July 2010) Campaign Timeline March - June 2010Serve as a Community Questionnaire Assistance Center March 15-17, 2010Census Questionnaires Arrive! March 22-28 th, 2010Organize Community Questionnaire Assistance Forums March 27 th, 2010Large-scale Community Assistance Forums (CA, IL, FL, NY, TX) March 27 th, 2010Smaller scale Community Assistance Forums (all U.S) March 28 th, 2010How to fill out the Census form Community Programming (Univision) March 28 th, 2010How to fill out the Census form step by step poster (Impremedia) March – June 2010Final push – Return Forms Campaign (Partners & Media Partners)

31 Engage the Latino community at every phase of the campaign through a coordinated multi-media effort that includes TV, Radio, Print, as well as new media (e.g. internet and mobile). Print Ads Ad templates Media Coverage Press release templates PSAs PSA scripts/Tapes PSAs News Stories Campaign talking points Media Strategy

32 Campaign Infrastructure and Support

33 Get others involved ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! Serve as Census Info Center Distribute YEH Materials Display How to fill out Census form DVD Link to Sign-up for YEH HC Updates Sign-up for YEH HC Updates How to Participate Attend Train the Trainer Workshop Become a fan on ……. Help recruit enumerators Partnership Promote (877) EL CENSO Hotline Promote (877) EL CENSO Hotline Push Hazme Contar to get kids counted!

34 Convene TTTs Outreach efforts/Canvassing Elected Officials CCC/Census messaging into all services (utilities, etc) Coordinate with local cities to ensure HTC tracts are prioritized County CCC incorporates YEH HC as it grassroots model and supports local efforts Utilize city services to serve as CAC Leveraging city centers/resources Cities Incorporate Census messaging and materials into daily programming Depending on Level of participation (engages local community/tract/canvassing CBOs Serves as CAC/Puts on CAF Census Messaging at each Mass/congregation Faith-based Incorporate Census messaging into daily intake/services DVD/Materials/Canvassing/CAC/CAF Direct Service Providers Private businesses (banks, income tax locations, etc) can leverage existing infrastructure to provide YEH HC materials and even serve as CAC or host a CAF. Private

35 A bilingual hotline will launch on October 1, 2009 to assist callers with their questions and concerns on the 2010 Census The hotline will also serve as a resource for connecting callers to local information centers and upcoming community assistance forums. 1-877-El-CENSO. Bilingual website that will provide important facts about participating in the Census. The site will also serve as a national resource to connect individuals with local information centers. As a campaign website it would also provide interested organizations with easy and ready to use outreach materials especially targeted to Spanish speaking Latinos. Hotline & Website

36 Elected Official Toolkit Electronic / Downloadable/ Print Local Partner Toolkit Electronic / Downloadable/ Print Directory of Info. Centers/Assistance Centers Electronic / Downloadable 2010 Census Bilingual FAQs Electronic / Downloadable/ Print Resources for Organizing

37 Fact sheets, posters and other bilingual outreach materials for distribution, ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! posters (Information Center or Assistance Center) Access to the partner-only sections of (to post events & access materials) Have your event shared with callers to the toll-free bilingual hotline, (877) EL CENSO Layouts and Presentations for all trainings and forums Template media alerts, press releases Volunteer recruitment and event flyers Other Resources

38 Create record-keeping system to effectively prevent duplication of visits Download the materials provided by the campaign & pass them out on weekends & evenings Set up a plan to canvass the hardest to count neighborhoods (similar to a voter engagement campaign) Recruit local volunteers from the community (train them on the Census) Goal: Increase trust in the community and thereby increase mail response rates of Census forms Community Engagement

39 In previous Census counts, children have been more likely to be undercounted than other population group. It is imperative that Latino children are counted as they account for 1 in 5 of all school-age children. (Approximately 11 million Latino children attend the nations schools.) Factors that may make undercounts of children consistently high: The growing number of residents with limited English skills, Approximately 7.9 million of the nations 11 million Latino school-age children speak Spanish at home That they live in urban communities with high number of renters, They live in unusual housing, children live in transient or temporary living arrangements, Poverty and fear that information may not be kept confidential. Get Children Counted

40 Hazme Contar is a component of ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! designed to ensure children are counted by their parents or guardians. It focuses on 1) encouraging educators to include the Census in Schools curriculum into lesson plans, and 2) ya es hora through schools and early-childhood centers Ways to Reach out: Reach out to parents via school events, such as back to school nights, Parent-teacher associations and or book or resource fairs, Work with School Board members in passing a resolution requiring implementation of Census created curriculum in each classroom, Work with Principals to distribute our Census Question & Answers to all students to take home to their parents, Create a Census Assistance Forum on campus to assist parents to fill out their Census form. Hazme Contar

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