Without a complete count, New York will lose billions for schools, hospitals, and transit, as well as two congressional seats amidst the worst economic crisis in a centuryNEW YORK, NY – To stave off the potential loss of billions in federal aid for critical programs as well as the loss of up to two congressional seats amid the worst economic crisis in a century, New York City is launching the #GetCountedNYC Census Week of Action to mobilize all households to respond to the census in New York City, which has just a 54% self-response rate as of July 27.
From July 27 – August 2, NYC Census 2020 and our partners are planning a week of activities citywide to mobilize New Yorkers to self-respond to the 2020 Census. 500 New Yorkers have already signed up to volunteer and New Yorkers can continue to join the effort at nyc.gov/censusweek. On Wednesday, July 29, NYC Census 2020, its partners, and over 150 volunteers will hold in-person census outreach events across the five boroughs in transit hubs, parks, playgrounds, small business corridors, and other key public areas in areas with historically low self-response rates. Teams will be equipped with PPE.
The Census Week of Action is timed to significantly increase New York City’s self-response rate immediately before the launch of the U.S. Census Bureau’s door-to-door enumeration, which has historically proven to be deeply flawed and unreliable in New York City.
The census determines the equitable distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funds annually for education, healthcare, housing, transportation, infrastructure, and more, in addition to determining the number of seats, each state is allotted in the House of Representatives, as well as the shape and size of local and state legislative districts.
#GetCounted Census Week of Action Public Events for Wednesday, July 29:
8:30 – 9:30 AM: Flushing / NYC Census 2020 Conducts Census Completion Assistance at South Asian Council of Social Services Food Distribution Site
● What: NYC Census 2020 Deputy Director Amit Singh Bagga will join the South Asian Council for Social Services to help New Yorkers complete the census in Flushing, Queens at a food distribution site.
○ Deputy Director of NYC Census 2020 Amit Singh Bagga
○ Council Member Peter Koo
○ Assembly Member Nily Rozic
○ South Asian Council for Social Services
● Location: South Asian Council for Social Services, 143-06 45 Avenue, Flushing (b/t Bowne and Smart Streets)
● Contact: Amit Singh Bagga, ABagga@census.nyc.gov, (347) 601-7945
8:30 – 9:30 AM: Brownsville / East New York Census Lit Distribution
● What: NYC Census 2020 Field Director Kathleen Daniel will lead a team in distributing census educational materials to commuters.
● Who: NYC Census 2020 Field Director Kathleen Daniel
● Location: Sutter Avenue-Rutland Road No. 3 Subway Station, located at the intersection of Sutter Avenue, Rutland Road, and East 98th Street in Brownsville / East New York
● Contact: Catherine Almonte, firstname.lastname@example.org, (516) 717-8662
10:00 AM: Brooklyn Public Library – Sunset Park Branch Census Lit and PPE Distribution and Census Completion Assistance
● What: Volunteers will also do census theme sidewalk chalk in addition to census lit, PPE distribution, and census completion assistance
○ Brooklyn Public Library – Sunset Park Branch
○ NYC Census 2020 Complete Count Fund awardee SCO Family of Services/Center for Family Life
○ Council Member Brad Lander
○ State Senator Zellnor Myrie
● Location: Corner of 43rd and 5th Ave (1 block from drop-in center) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
● Contact: Alyson Tarek, email@example.com, (917) 776 – 7060
Noon: Williamsbridge, Wakefield: NYC Census Lit Distribution, Community Canvass, and Census Completion Assistance
● What: A team from NYC Census 2020 will canvas businesses on White Plains Road and Gun Hill Road, distribute census educational materials, and provide census form assistance.
○ NYC Census 2020 Famod Konneh
○ Bronx Deputy Borough President Marricka Scott-Mcfadden
● Location: Corner of White Plains Road and Gun Hill Road, The Bronx
● Contact: Paula Caquias, firstname.lastname@example.org, (347)409-0304
12:30 PM: Bed-Stuy / Crown Heights / Fulton Street Community Canvass, Lit Distribution, and Census Completion Assistance
● What: Press gaggle to take reporter questions and do one-on-one interviews, followed by street canvassing and other photo-ops (with permission).
○ NYC Census 2020: Director Julie Menin
○ Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
○ Field Director Kathleen Daniel
● Location: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp/Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street (between New York and Brooklyn Avenues)
6:00 PM: Corona Plaza, Queens: Community Canvass, Lit Distribution, and Census Completion Assistance
● What: Press gaggle to take reporter questions and do one-on-one interviews during a community canvassing, lit distribution, and census completion assistance event
○ NYC Census 2020 Deputy Director Cat Almonte
○ NY State Senator Jessica Ramos
● Location: Corona Plaza, 40-04 National Street
● Contact: Cat Almonte, Calmonte@census.nyc.gov, (516) – 717 – 8662
6:00 PM: Williamsburg: “Millennial and Gen Z” Community Canvass, Lit Distribution, and Census Completion Assistance
● What: NYC Census 2020 team to distribute census literature, canvass outdoor dining locations, and also offer in-person, real-time census completion assistance
○ Deputy Director Amit Singh Bagga
○ Millennial and Gen Z NYC Census 2020 staff
○ Community Canvass: Berry Street, from Grand Street to North 14th, continuing onto Nassau street, up to Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint
○ Census Completion Assistance: Berry Street between North 6th and North 7th Streets
Additional events across the five boroughs will be advised for July 30 – August 2 shortly.
About NYC Census 2020
NYC Census 2020 is a first-of-its-kind organizing initiative established by Mayor de Blasio in January 2019 to ensure a complete and accurate count of all New Yorkers in the 2020 Census. The $40 million program is built on four pillars: (1) a $19 million community-based awards program, The New York City Complete Count Fund, empowering 157 community-based organizations to engage historically undercounted communities around the 2020 Census; (2) an in-house “Get Out the Count” field campaign supported by the smart use of cutting-edge data and organizing technology, and a volunteer organizing program to promote a complete count in each of the city’s 245 neighborhoods; (3) an innovative, multilingual, tailored messaging and marketing campaign, including a $3 million commitment to investing in community and ethnic media to reach every New York City community; as well as (4) an in-depth Agency and Partnerships engagement plan that seeks to leverage the power of the City’s 350,000-strong workforce and the city’s major institutions, including libraries, hospitals, faith-based communities, cultural institutions, higher educational institutions, and more, to communicate with New Yorkers about the critical importance of census participation. Through close partnerships with trusted leaders and organizations across the five boroughs, this unprecedented campaign represents the largest municipal investment in census organizing nationwide and will build an enduring structure that empowers New Yorkers to remain civically engaged.