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Postponed: Residents Experiencing Homelessness Encouraged to Attend Census Day Event April 1

Post Date:03/10/2020 8:45 AM

Postponed - As per CDC guidelines for homeless service providers, visitors to these facilities should be limited due to COVID-19 concerns. 

To help local residents experiencing homelessness get counted in US Census 2020, the City’s Neighborhood Development Department is hosting “Census Day 2020 Party” to gather these residents together on April 1, national Census Day. 

The event, which takes place from 10 am to 2 pm Wednesday, April 1, is at the Interactive Resource Center (IRC), 407 E. Washington St.

Local agencies and organizations are being asked to spread the word among their consumers about the importance of being counted and help them attend the party. Once at this free event, while enjoying entertainment, prizes and food provided by Maho’s Bistro, residents will be able to complete their census questionnaire on-site.

Any group with questions about the event should call Elizabeth Danley, the City’s homeless prevention program coordinator and organizer of Census Day 2020 Party, at 336-373-7960.

Local residents interested in volunteering during the party should also call Danley at 336-373-7960 to sign up.

“It’s important that we do not forget about our residents experiencing homelessness. While this event is meant to be fun, it’s also to remind those residents that they matter, that they are part of our community,” Danley says. “We care about these folks and this event is an effort to ensure we continue to see resources grow to help support them.”

People living in emergency and transitional shelters are historically one of this country’s most hard-to-count populations during federal decennial censuses.

According to NC Counts Coalition, the state could lose about $16,000 in federal funding over a 10-year period for each NC resident who isn’t counted in this census. The 2020 Census will help drive policy-making and shape the future of NC.

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