A fair and accurate Census in 2020 is crucial for states and counties who want to protect their most disadvantaged. ‘Unconventional’ addresses are often undercounted in the Census, and people living in these addresses tend to be low-income and minority groups. Securing federal funding and political representation for these groups requires an accurate count.
To prevent unconventional addresses from being missed, city and county governments can leverage nonprofits and volunteers to conduct community-based address canvassing.
Community Connect labs provides tools, training, and coordination to conduct community-based address canvassing.
Estimated $60K in lost Federal funding for each missed address in California (each person not counted is a loss of $1,958 annually, and with an average of 3 persons per unit that is a loss of $6K per year in federal funding and $60K for 10 the years the Census is in effect)
Community-Based Address Canvassing Pilots added from 4-6% additional addresses in California (Report: An Effective Strategy to Reduce Census Undercount: Results from the California Pilots of Community-Based Address Canvassing)
Training local nonprofits to conduct canvassing
We work with you to find nonprofits with the required street-level knowledge and cultural skills and train them how to identify unconventional housing and use our tools.
Mobile tool for address submission by nonprofits
We have built a simple mobile tool for address canvassers to submit information via text message to our secure database.
Identifying target areas for unconventional housing in your area
We work with you to identify priority areas for targeted canvassing.
Delivery of formatted file for submission to Census Bureau
We have worked with the Census Bureau to create standard reporting fields for address collection that meet the LUCA requirements and make it easy for local governments to upload a list of addresses.