Onondaga County and City of Syracuse launch 2020 census complete count committee

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Onondaga County Executive J. Ryan McMahon, II, joined community leaders and the Central New York Community Foundation Wednesday to announce the launch of the 2020 Census Syracuse-Onondaga County Complete Count Committee (SOC-CCC). 

The committee is made up of more than 50 members and includes representatives of local businesses, nonprofits, and educational institutions.   

Over the next year, the committee will work to support a comprehensive census count in Syracuse and Onondaga County.

“Achieving a complete and accurate count of the population in Syracuse and Onondaga County is critically important to our community. For some people, though, the census may be an intimidating and confusing exercise,” said Mayor Walsh. “With the broad cross-section of community partners that have joined together, we can build greater understanding and trust of the census process. The Central New York Community Foundation has been a strong and early backer of this effort, and we greatly appreciate its support.”

The funding from census tracking goes towards everything from Medicare to infrastructure.

“We are experiencing undeniable progress and momentum in Central New York and ensuring an accurate count for the 2020 Census will help continue our success,” McMahon said. “This is an important effort to make sure we continue to receive the resources we need, have the representation we deserve and also serve as a model for the rest of the country.”

The subcommittees will work closely with the U.S. Census Bureau.  The census count will be conducted between March and July 2020.

The subcommittees will primarily focus on the city’s hard-to-count populations, including renters, urban communities and young children.

Government subcommittees will take a geographic approach to outreach, such as through neighborhood organizations, in order to reach people not connected to community programs or services.

You can volunteer by going online to bit.ly/soccccsignup to fill out the signup form.

The Census Bureau is also looking for workers. To find out more visit: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs/locations/national-info/new-york-info.html

Community Subcommittees include: 

  • Children Under 5
  • Faith-Based
  • Special Housing
  • New American
  • Hispanic
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veterans
  • Disabilities
  • Ages 15-34
  • Seniors
  • Re-Entry

Government Subcommittees

  • Rural (Country)
  • Neighborhoods (City)
  • Libraries

Education Subcommittees

  • K-12
  • Post-Secondary
    • Le Moyne College
    • Onondaga Community College
    • Syracuse University
  • Adult Education

Engagement

  • Communications
  • Outreach
  • Data
  • Philanthropic
  • Recruiting
  • Digital Inclusion

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