When We Count, We Win!

The San Angelo NAACP Unit 6219 has been trained as a Community Complete Count Committee.  Our primary goal will be to increase the return of the census questionnaire.
During the week of March 23-29, we will join our national NAACP Leadership and other units across the country, and other civil rights organizations to acknowledge a week focused on the African American community in "Black Census Week".  We will recognize this special week with regular email updates throughout the week, and combine our final program with the Faith Community Census Weekend, Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7 pm.  Read below for additional details
Future- Self Reporting Sessions- We received word that the lab use at Stephens Library has been cancelled until further notice due to safety and health concerns related to the COVA-19 Virus.   As a result our Self-Reporting Sessions have been cancelled.  However, we ask that you personally self report using one of the options below:  
  • Internet/On-line- visit:  www.census.gov   Remember to report everyone in your household.  You will need names and birth dates.
  • Phone-Several numbers are available- based on your preferred language- visit here to select the number:   https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html
  • Mail-If you received the questionnaire in the mail, use the envelope provided- complete and return it to the Census bureau.

Hard-to-Count Populations

As we have this national opportunity, please help us reach and count:  children- 0-5; elderly; transient populations; college students living off-campus; military living off-base; disabled; non-English speaking residents- the census is available in English and 12 additional languages;
Impacted Services
Impacted services as a result of census data affect:  reduced and free lunch programs; insurance for children; 
Who Should Be Counted?
No matter who lives in your home, be sure to count them all in the 2020 Census. This includes grandparents, young children, foster children, and non-relatives who are living with you.
How will the data be used?  
Information collected in the census will inform the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funding each year. That includes money for things like: 
› First Responders › School meals  › Medicare and Medicaid › Adoption assistance › Food assistance programs › Libraries and community centers and MORE!

What is our goal?

Our goal is to ensure every resident understands the importance of this constitutional requirement for every resident to complete the Census and return it via phone, online or by mail.  We hope to get as many residents across our community to complete the Census by April 1.  During the month of April, we will host more Self Reporting Census Events at the Stephens Library.  Our thought is to utilize technology to overcome any barriers to "enumerators" making house calls beginning in May.  Please refer people you know to visit us and allow us to help increase self-reporting in the greater San Angelo area.
  • Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action- March 27-29th-has been cancelled in response to the declaration from our Mayor, to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.  We believe the information should be shared, and in lieu of onsite presentations, we will offer details to share with congregations in the form of an online presentation
Join us, Friday, March 27, 2020 at 7 pm to hear the special presentation for the Faith Community along with our special presentation for Black Census Week.  Send an email to:  naacpsanangelo@gmail.com to RSVP so that we can provide you connectivity instructions to view the presentation.
For Audio only:  Dial:  712-770-5505   Access Code:  731323693#
Completion of the Census is an important activity, and despite the social distancing concern and our need to remain safe, we have other options to ensure that the data is reported and collected.  Please use other options to return your household data.  
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Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against an individual in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
The US Census has identified "hard-to-count" populations throughout our community, and assist them with completing the Household Census for 2020.  March 12th marked the beginning of the activities for the 2020 Census.  The first official letter of invitation was mailed and will be staggered through the end of March. As a Census Complete Count Committee, our primary goal is to help increase the number of self-reporting residents and hard-to-count populations.

How We're Engaged in the 2020 Census

The San Angelo NAACP Complete Count Committee is committed to assist all residents,and especially members of the minority communities to overcome barriers and have them complete their household census.  Federal funds for everyday and necessary services are determined by the results of census data.
Whether a resident is a citizen or not does not matter.  Where they live and receive services is the critical factor, and we must get everyone to count.    Below is statistical information for our community as of March 22, 2020:
             21.8%- Self Reporting  (Texas is at 17.5%)
          16.1%-Self Reporting-Congressional District 11 with 11.2% reporting via the internet
In the last census of 2010, the state of Texas reported 64.4% while Tom Green County reported 68.2%., and the city of San Angelo had a 69.1% rate.  We have been working for several months to provide information and encourage residents to help increase that self-response rate.

Additional Resources

NAACP-National Office:  https://naacp.org/2020-census/
General Census Information: https://census.gov/
Self-Reporting online:  https://my2020census.gov/  Available when the Census Bureau activates for self reporting
National Urban League Census Campaign:  https://nul.org/make-black-count