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CASL Supports Census Efforts for Hard-to-Reach Populations

CASL is a proud supporter of the 2020 Decennial Census and member of the Chinese American Complete Count Committee. $34.4 BILLION is on the line for Illinois schools, hospitals, transportation, police and fire departments. The data collected by the decennial Census determines the number of demographic figures that could affect business interest on top of federal and state government funding. CASL, a trusted voice, will educate and support our community as they participate in the Census, and make sure all feel safe and protected.

“We can’t afford to lose out on federal funding as well as our federal representation. We need to provide for a better tomorrow. And the best way to do that is to have accurate data.”

–Anita Banerji, Director, Forefront Democracy Initiative

In Chicago, 34 percent of households did not mail back their 2010 Census questionnaire, and therefore required the Census Bureau to conduct an in-person follow-up. Approximately 48 percent of Chicago’s population lives in hard-to-count neighborhoods, including Chinatown. Immigrants account for 20.8 percent of Chicago’s population. Additionally, the 2020 Census will be the first decennial census inviting the majority of residents to submit their questionnaire online, which is expected to ease the process for many households, but may present additionally challenges in hard-to-count communities.