Get involved in the Ventura County 2020 Complete Count Committee.
Our Specific Goals Include:
- Working in concert with diverse stakeholders and government agencies from various sectors to ensure a full, fair, and accurate count Countywide.
- Avoiding duplication of outreach efforts and maximize limited resources.
- Developing a Countywide education and outreach plan for hard-to-count (HTC) communities.
- Collaboratively building a budget needed for this outreach and working in tandem with neighboring Counties’ efforts.
- Strengthening local nonprofit organizations internal capacity and external influence through grantmaking and collaborations.
- Creating a regional and local funder table to ensure funders are organized and strategically aligned so we can strategically maximize funding for our County.
- Building a robust and meaningful network with diverse leaders from all corners of our community
Join Ventura County’s 2020 Complete Count Committee
The U.S. census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution since 1790, attempts to count every person living in the United States. Every 10 years, the Census Bureau gathers information like gender, age, race, and income, and the results not only determine government representation and access to justice, but also access to federal, state, and local funding.
Literally, millions and millions of dollars are at stake for the programs that help to mend the gaps in our society and allow all to live in dignity. An accurate Census is vital for funding of rural business and industry development loans; job training and other employment programs; healthcare for infants and children; childcare for low-income and working families; water and waste disposal systems; policing agencies and community-based entities working to reduce crime; monitoring and enforcing discrimination laws under the Civil Rights Act; local agencies for food, healthcare, and legal services for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
The 2020 Census is at risk of significant undercount. Due to a wide variety of factors such as lack of funding, infrastructure challenges, technology barriers in hard-to-count populations, societal pressures, misinformation campaigns and a transition to census counts being conducted online are just a few of the obstacles to an accurate count in 2020.
Each person uncounted equals a loss of approximately $2,000 per year for ten years in social safety-net benefits. An undercount in Ventura County, and communities across the state and nation, could mean a loss of billions of dollars over the next decade in critical social service funding.
Ventura County is a wonderful and diverse community that has been identified as #59 in the nation for hardest-to-count counties! Join our efforts to ensure we have a complete and accurate count in 2020.