Why the CNY Community Foundation and Interfaith Works are helping reach ‘hard to count’ for 2020 Census

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A push is underway in Syracuse to make sure everyone in the area is counted in the 2020 Census.

Interfaith Works has just received a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to support efforts to reach the “hard to count” populations in the area to ensure everyone is accurately counted.

CNYCF says $53 billion goes to New York State every single year based on census data.

In the 2010 Census, it’s estimated that 5,000 people were not counted in the City of Syracuse.

“That means that people aren’t completing their Census. They don’t understand, they don’t understand the importance of it, they don’t think it’s of value to them,” says Robyn Smith, Director of Strategic Initiatives for CNYCF.

Click here to see an interactive map of all the United States hard to count areas.

Abdul Saboor is a Community Navigator at Interfaith Works in Syracuse. He says new Americans who have resettled in the U.S., specifically seniors, are among the hardest to count.

“There’s a much larger phenomenon that we’re dealing with today and that is trust, issue of trust. Trust toward the government.”

Interfaith also plans to use the grant to help people complete their Census online, which is a major effort for 2020.

“One other opportunity this will give us is that we will establish kiosks, computers, tablets, and phones available for families in a private and safe space to come in and complete their census,” Saboor tells NewsChannel 9.

Smith says it’s important for every single person in the area that all are counted.

“That means money to our schools, money to transportation, money to hospitals, money to neighborhood parks, all of the things that are important to everybody that lives here,” she says.

Based on the 2010 Census, New York lost legislative seats in Washington.

“So that’s a big one. When we’re thinking about who’s representing us and how we want to be represented Upstate we need to make sure we’re completing the census,” Smith says.

Saboor adds, “This is an opportunity to go to our population and give them the opportunity to have them shape their own future, and that is to be counted.”

A count that will last until the next Census, in 2030.

Click here to learn more about the 2020 Census Syracuse-Onondaga County Complete Count Committee and find out how to volunteer with the group.

Learn more about the Central New York Community Foundation and grant opportunities to support the complete count for the 2020 Census.

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