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.