Making sure immigrants are counted in the 2020 Census

Making sure immigrants are counted in the 2020 Census

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But undercounts happened among young children, low-income people, the homeless, people of color, immigrants and undocumented people, said Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.


That's important to the entire state because federal funding supporting services for those populations and the public as a whole, such as housing assistance, health care and highway construction, hinges on population counts. Michigan stands to lose about $1,800 in federal funding per year for every person not counted, Murray-Brown said.

Because of the trust they've built in their communities, grassroots nonprofits are uniquely positioned to help educate hard-to-reach populations about the importance of being counted, the legal challenges several states have filed against the citizenship question, how to fill out the census form and to prepare them for "enumerators" from the U.S. Census Bureau who may knock on their doors to spur participation, Murray-Brown said.

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Crain's Detroit Business
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