San Antonio Mounting Extensive Effort to get All Counted in Census

The City of San Antonio has stood up an extensive effort to make sure that everybody is counted in the 2020 Census, which is coming up on April 1, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Susan Thompson, who is the Executive Director of Avance, is in charge of a committee that is in charge of making sure that all children are countied.

She heads the Education Subcommittee.

"the Education subcommittee is looking at how to get information about the Census out to families under five," she said. "That group was the most undercounted group in 2010."

She says funding for a wide variety of programs is dependent on Census figures.

"We need a complete count so we have the resources in San Antonio and Bexar County to provide things like transportation, education, and safety, to meet all the neds we have here."

She says all of the committees are working with organizations that serve the groups they are focusing on.

"there is also a K-12 committee, which is working with young adults, as well as a committee counting people who 18-34 are counted.

Other committees are counting rural individuals, as well as other groups.

"The goal is to make sure that every single person in San Antonio and Bexar County is counted," she said.

People with children are being given provided answer to questions like:

If I am pregnant or recently gave birth, do I count my newborn? The answer....yes, you may count your baby if you are due on or near April 1, even if your baby is still in the hospital onCensus Day.

By family and I live with another family, do they count us on their form? The answer is..yes. Count all persons living or staying at the address, not just the family who owns or rents the property.

MY family recently moved to the U.S. and my child was not born here. Should they be counted? The answer..yes, if your children live with you in the U.S. on Census Day, they should be counted. The census counts people where they live regardless of immigration status or length of time they have been in the U.S.

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