A fair and accurate Census in 2020 depends on fixing the undercount problem. In 2010, a substantial number of individuals living in ‘unconventional’ addresses weren’t counted -- and these individuals tend to disproportionately represent low-income and minority groups.
Missing these “unconventional” addresses means big losses for local communities. In California, for instance, each person not counted is a loss of $1,958 annually for programs such as Medi-Cal, Head Start early childhood programs, and community health centers.
With about three persons per housing unit in California, that is a loss of $6,000 per year in federal funding—in other words, $60,000 for each missed address for the 10 years that the Census count is in effect.