The U.S. Constitution requires the Census to count of every individual living in the United States every ten years.
The count determines how federal funding is allotted to state, cities, and communities across the country for their schools, parks, roads, transportation, and other public services.
For decades, immigrants have been undercounted in the Census, and as a result have missed out on much needed funding for their communities.
This is why CIANA has joined New York City's largest concerted effort to get a compete count in the 2020 Census.
What We're Doing
Our belief is that the best way to get the whole community counted is by speaking directly to the community, whether it's our clients, families, or the broader Astoria community.
Since fear and distrust of government is often why many Americans- including new Americans- don't fill out the Census, we want to dispel any myths surrounding the Census, such as that immigration officials like ICE can access Census info.
We're committed to informing everyone in the community about the benefits of the Census, and assuring them of its safety and confidentiality. We're doing this is a culturally competent manner, utilizing some of Astoria's most commonly spoken languages, namely Arabic, Spanish, and Bangla.
Thanks to an award given to us by the Complete Count Fund, CIANA has been able to put our goals into action.
So far, our dedicated outreach team has:
Hosted a Census Teach-In on February 11 during our adult ESL class with guests from the Mayor's Office
Participated in Text Out the Count on March 23 to get everyone in Astoria informed about the Census
Set up a pop-up center in our office filled with Census information in Arabic, Spanish, and Bangla
Visited schools and local business to spread the word about the Census to as many people as possible
Trained our clients to be Census Ambassadors to spread the word to their respective communities in their native languages
How Can I Help?
By simply completing the 2020 Census, you're helping ensure that your community will receive the funding and representation it needs for the next decade.
It's never been easier to complete the Census. Complete it by phone, mail, or online for the first time ever at my2020census.gov.
If you're not ready to fill out the Census just yet, pledge to complete it at bit.ly/cianacensus.