Apply to Become a Census Assistance Center

Image of hand typing on computer. The Census Equity Fund of Oregon announced it is now accepting applications for Census Assistance Centers serving Hard to Count populations across the state.
The Census Equity Fund of Oregon is currently accepting applications for Census Assistance Centers (CAC) serving Hard to Count (HTC) populations across the state. CACs provide an effective on-the-ground presence for the 2020 census in order to raise public awareness, deliver trustworthy information, and provide options for self-respondents to receive questionnaire support.

Census Equity Fund Request for Proposals Details
Proposals Due By: 11:59pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Issuing Organization: United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (fiscal sponsor for the Census Equity Fund)
Who Can Apply: Service organizations, other non-profits, or public agencies
You can find the RFP and specific details about qualifications for applying here>>

Why the Census Matters: The decennial census is a constitutionally mandated count of all residents of the United States, including immigrants (documented and undocumented), refugees, and Tribal members. It is a backbone of American democracy, helping to determine congressional and electoral representation, as well as State and federal funding allocations. Many key safety net programs are funded via census data, including Head Start, SNAP, school lunches, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, short-term rental assistance, and medical assistance programs. Estimates by the Census Bureau indicate that Oregon’s population has grown by 8.1 percent since 2010. If the census count in 2020 fully reflects this growth, Oregon will gain increased federal funding allocations as well as a sixth seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Hart to Count Population: Communities or people designated as “hard to count” are those at risk of being un- or undercounted in the federal census. According to the Census Bureau, HTC populations include but are not limited to people of color, Tribal communities, children under five, people experiencing homelessness, households with limited or no internet access, recent immigrants, people with limited English proficiency, and people living in remote census tracts. The Population Research Center at Portland State University estimates that Oregon has approximately 1 million HTC individuals. 

Why the Census is Important to Civic Life: Civic Life is committed to ensuring that we have a complete community count. An accurate count will help our city obtain tools to meaningfully connect our communities to each other and to decisions that shape all our lives. On October 16, the City Council authorized a grant agreement between Civic Life and United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, in an amount not to exceed $600,000 toward the Census Equity Fund. These funds will help guide Portland-directed activities within a statewide Hard to Count campaign and represents the City’s contribution toward a collaborative public and private effort across the State of Oregon.

Stay Involved: To keep up to date on how to help advance a just and equitable count in the 2020 Census, you can text the word "Oregon" to 33339.
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