The 2020 Census has finished collecting responses as of Oct.15th!
As of October 16th, the City of Newark recorded a 50.9% self-response rate while the State of New Jersey exceeded the National response rate at 69.5%.
Thank you to everyone who completed the 2020 Census! Together, we did our part to make sure #NewarkCounts for the next 10 years!
With funding from the New Jersey Department of State, La Casa de Don Pedro stepped up to the challenge of making sure every single resident living in Newark was counted in this year’s U.S. Census. We formed a task force in January comprised of organizers, staff, and volunteers and worked with other Newark-based organizations and leaders such as Newark Library and the Mayor’s office to reach more than 50,000 people, most of which were considered hard-to-count populations.
In collaboration with the City of Newark’s Complete Count Committee, our plans included hosting a number of informative community workshops and events to answer any questions or concerns residents had, training La Casa staff and volunteers to help residents accordingly, mass mailings and digital advertising campagins which clarified the importance of answering the Census, and setting up several Census Community Support Centers throughout North Newark to offer assistance in filling out Census documents.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel or change a number of our original plans, La Casa remained committed to spreading awareness about the 2020 Census as we swiftly adapted to the circumstances, helping Newarkers shape their future.