Many New York households did not mail back their 2000 census questionnaire. Statewide, the mail-in response rate was below the national average. In some neighborhoods, only 1 in 3 households mailed back a form. With so much state and federal aid for our schools, hospitals and transportation on the line, it’s crucial we do better in the 2010 Census. So how can we make that happen?
Latinos have a significant stake in the outcome of the 2010 Census. The count will determine the distribution of billions of federal dollars for education, affordable housing, job training and other critical community services. The Census also forms the very foundation of America's representative system of governance, directly impacting the kind of electoral opportunities and representation our community will have over the next decade. Speakers will discuss the ongoing work by government and community leaders to ensure a full and accurate count of Hispanics in New York State.