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Jan. 20, 2020 – MLive: Foundation awards $300,000 in grants to Flint-area 2020 Census efforts

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has awarded $300,167 in grants to local nonprofits working to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count.Grants were distributed among 34 organizations and ranged from $2,100 to $20,000 each, depending on the project’s scope and geographic coverage, according to a Community Foundation of Greater Flint news release. Funding runs from December 2019 through August 2020. The Census count begins in April 2020. Read more.

Jan. 14, 2020 – U.S. Census Bureau: U.S. Census Bureau Unveils 2020 Census Ads

The U.S. Census Bureau today shared highlights of a $500 million public education and outreach campaign featuring more than 1,000 ads designed to reach 99% of all U.S. households and communicate the importance of responding to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau conducted extensive research to create the “Shape your Future. Start here.” campaign to show that responding to the census is easy, safe and important. Read more. 

Jan. 5, 2020 – Oakland Press: Out of Reach: In 2020 Census, efforts to count everybody proves difficult in areas due to varying factors

Dispelling fear and misunderstanding has been an uphill battle for community organizers trying to reach people considered hard to count during the 2020 Census. Beyond teaching the public what the census is and isn’t, community organizers have been given a separate task — to become “trusted voices” within their communities about the census. Read more.

Dec. 12, 2019 – Detroit Free Press: Analysis: Detroit will be toughest U.S. city to count population for 2020.

When the U.S. Census Bureau starts counting people next year in Detroit, obstacles are bound to arise: The city has tens of thousands of vacant houses, sparse internet access and high poverty — factors that will make it the toughest community to tally. Read more.

Dec. 12, 2019 – NBC News: Detroit tops list of hard-to-count cities ahead of 2020 census

Almost 80 percent of Detroit is African American, and observers “know we are going to have an undercount among the black population.” Read more.

Dec. 10, 2019 – Bridge Magazine: A guide to Michigan’s 2020 Census: jobs, scams, citizen issues

The United States has conducted a census every 10 years for more than two centuries, but the 2020 one stands out as particularly momentous. On top of the controversy surrounding whether or not the 2020 census would ask about a respondent’s citizen status (it won’t), it is the first that will allow residents to respond online, over the phone, or as a same-sex couple. Read more.

Dec. 2, 2019 – The Detroit News: Residents, officials, and businesses seek participation in the 2020 census

Some people say they do not care about the 2020 census. Others say they are concerned about their privacy and want to avoid scrutiny from law enforcement and immigration officials. Read more.

Nov. 4, 2019 – CMFSEM: The Census Bureau released preliminary results from its national experiment using two census forms — one with and one without the citizenship question. In a blog post released October 31, the Bureau reported that the inclusion of a citizenship question would have had a very small effect on self-response rates. Read more here.

Oct. 1, 2019 – Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan Nonprofit Association launches statewide census campaign targeting undercounted populations

  • $480,000 multimedia campaign will run through Nov. 22
  • Will attempt to quell fears, stress importance of full counts
  • Will be followed by January-June media blitz next year

Read more.

Sep. 30, 2019 – Be Counted Michigan 2020 and MNA officially launch a multimedia campaign

The statewide 2020 Nonprofits Count Campaign’s eight-week media campaign – “Everyone Counts. Everyone Wins!” kicks off today, September 30, and runs through November 22, 2019. Visit the newly created campaign site at  to see the videos that will run as ads on social media and television, and for a variety of tools including graphics for social media and newsletters.

Sep. 30, 2019 – WDET 101.9 Detroit Today: Hear Dr. Hayg Oshagan, Director of New Michigan Media, discuss the census

A key category of traditionally undercounted populations are ethnic and racial minorities. On Detroit Today on 101.9 WDET, Dr. Hayg Oshagan, New Michigan Media Director and Wayne State professor of media studies, discusses his efforts to promote census participation for these groups.

Sep. 9, 2019 – CFSEM: A few looks at the changing face of the United States

Despite the many challenges minority communities will face in achieving fair and accurate census counts, the 2020 census will make clear just how diverse the country is becoming. Using recently released estimates for 2018 from the US Census Bureau, a new report from the Brookings Institution highlights the expansion of America’s racial diversity through six maps.

In the context of Southeast Michigan, which is home to more than 70% of the state’s foreign-born individuals, a new report from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Kresge Foundation and the Skillman Foundation highlight the challenges and opportunities for supporting immigrants and refugees in our area.

Sep. 9, 2019 – CFSEM: How access to internet connectivity may affect census participation in the Detroit area

A complex mix of poor competition, lack of affordability, digital infrastructure issues and digital redlining contributes to a stunning fact: less than half of the households in the city of Detroit have access to broadband internet. Gaps in coverage correspond almost perfectly to the poorest census tracts in the city — a fact that will only serve to contribute to challenges in achieving an accurate 2020 census count.

From, a conversation with Joshua Edmonds, Detroit’s first director of digital inclusion, on the unique challenges the city faces, and how these challenges go beyond infrastructure.

Aug. 21, 2019 – CFSEM: Federal Officials are Signaling a Potential Departure from Centuries of Precedent in Congressional Apportionment

Recent statements made by officials from the Justice Department and the Census Bureau have sent mixed signals about whether citizenship data collected as a result of President Trump’s July executive order will be factored into the process of dividing the country’s congressional seats and Electoral College votes.

While census counts since 1790 have included citizens and non-citizens, the history of exactly who is counted has varied considerably. In the face of clarifying questions from the press and Congress,  Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham has not provided clear answers as to whether citizenship will be factored into apportionment data he is federally mandated to provide to the president following the 2020 census.

Aug. 14, 2019 – WDET 101.9 FM: Here’s How Detroit Will Count Every Resident for 2020 Census

In 2010, Detroit was estimated to have missed almost 40% of residents in the census count. Engaging with trusted messengers, amplifying authentic voices, and partnering with people in their own neighborhoods will be crucial to ensuring everyone is counted. Listen here for an overview from NPR’s Morning Edition.

Aug. 1, 2019 – U.S. Census Bureau: 2020 Census: Address Canvassing Operation

To ensure a complete list of addresses, the US Census Bureau will begin sending workers to neighborhoods around the country this month. Read more.

July 26, 2019 – Wayne State University: Be counted: Minority Media Summit expresses the importance of participating in the upcoming census.

Publishers of the region’s biggest ethnic newspapers gathered at Wayne State University’s McGregor Conference Center on July 24 for the 2019 Minority Media Summit. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan were also in attendance. Read more.

July 24, 2019 – Michigan Advance: Ebersole Singh named Michigan census chief

Kerry Ebersole Singh has been named Michigan statewide census director, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday. Ebersole Singh has been a fixture in Democratic politics for the last 20 years, working at the national, state and local level. She is CEO of Persuasion Link LLC., a Michigan-based public affairs firm. In the last six years, she has served as the Michigan state director and senior advisor to the Energy Foundation States and Regions program. Read more.

July 24, 2019 – Congressional Black Caucus Launches Census 2020 Taskforce

Nationally, the Congressional Black Caucus launched a 2020 Census task force aimed at addressing historical undercounts of African American communities. Read more.

July 11, 2019 – USA Today: Donald Trump drops fight to get citizenship question on 2020 census; other federal records to be used

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday dropped efforts to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census, saying he would use other means to seek information about the number of noncitizens in the country. Read more.

June 11, 2019 – Bridge Magazine: Gretchen Whitmer on Census: Get counted or lose money, clout for Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced that she is creating a committee to ensure that everyone in Michigan is counted during the 2020 census. And her message was stark: Michigan cannot afford to lose federal aid or a congressional seat due to an undercount. Whitmer signed an executive order creating the Complete Count Committee in Michigan, a group of at least 63 appointees who will work with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget to ensure all residents fill out the U.S. Census documents next year. Read more.