REP LIEU RELEASES REPORT ON DIRE CONSEQUENCES OF CENSUS UNDERCOUNT
September 21, 2020
LOS ANGELES -Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced a new report detailing the dire costs of a Census undercount in California's 33rd Congressional District. The report, prepared by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, details that if there is just a 1% undercount in the 2020 Census, the residents of the 33rd District of California could lose $420,000 in federal funding for schools that have a high proportion of low-income students, or the equivalent of all the textbooks that 1,678 students would need in a school year.
During a Facebook forum with Malibu City Councilwoman Karen Farrer, Santa Monica City Councilwoman Kristin McCowan and MALDEF National Redistricting Coordinator Steven Ochoa, Rep. Lieu urged households to fill out their Census forms right away by going to https://2020census.gov/, calling 844-330-2020, or filling out the forms they received in the mail. The 2020 Census has only 12 questions and does not ask about citizenship.
Data collected by the Census is used to determine how much funding the district receives for critical services like education, medical care, foster care, roads, public transit, and job programs. Census data also helps local governments enhance public safety and prepare for emergencies.
"A more complete response to the Census means more opportunities for a brighter future for our community," Rep. Lieu said. "An inaccurate count could impact class sizes, public safety, healthcare programs and many other critical services in CA-33. As this newly released report outlines, it is essential that every single resident ensures they are counted. It's a quick and simple way to do your civic duty to help our neighbors get the resources and representation they deserve. I encourage everyone to fill out the Census and make sure their family, friends and neighbors do too."