What is Census Engagement?

CNHA’s Census Engagement Initiative is dedicated to the vital goal of increasing accurate population counts for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

Today, roughly one third of NHPIʻs live in hard-to-count census tracts and are especially at risk of being missed. They have greater challenges in finding stable and affordable housing, have higher incidences of poverty, unemployment and lower educational attainment, and encounter greater language barriers than other subgroups within this broad race category. These are just some of the many reasons NHPI families may be overlooked or may not have access to census survey participation.

Why is Census Accuracy Important?

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) have been undercounted in the Census for decades, which results in disadvantages for their families, communities, and neighborhoods.

When NHPI communities are undercounted, political boundaries may not accurately represent reality. Undercounting results in NHPIs being denied a full voice in policy decision-making. Further, their communities’ different needs may not be represented or prioritized according to their real share of the population.

Census counts also affect how federal agencies monitor discrimination and implement civil rights laws that protect voting rights, equal employment opportunity, and more. Undercounting Asian Americans and NHPIs in the 2020 Census could thus impact how federal funding is allocated to states and localities.

How is CNHA improving the count?

Complete Count Committee

One of the ways CNHA is contributing to more accurate Census counts is by establishing a NHPI Complete Count Committee (CCC).

Complete Count Committees are volunteer committees established by tribal, state, and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

A Complete Count Committee will help to increase the self-response rate for households responding online, by phone, or mailing back their questionnaire through a focused, structured, neighbor-to-neighbor program. Local knowledge, expertise, and influence of each Complete Count Committee member will help design and implement a census awareness campaign targeted to the community.

Census Engagement Grant Program

CNHA has established a grant fund for non-profit and civic organizations that will assist in the effort to increase census engagement and accuracy for NHPI communities. These organizations should target hard-to-count census tracts and aim to provide outreach to communities with limited access to census participation. If your organization currently operates a program to increase civic engagement and census participation or plans to implement such an initiative, it may be qualified for a CNHA Census Engagement Grant.

To download an RFP and submit an application, click the button below.

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