Field workers in Michigan have until October 31 to finish counting the state’s population for the 2020 census, and officials say they’re concerned about reaching vulnerable populations in time. Officials say more than 71 percent of Michigan households have completed their census forms on their own. That means about 50-thousand people still have not. Low-income communities, immigrants and persons of color are most at risk of not being represented in the count, which determines federal funding for an array of programs.
Donna Murray-Brown is president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. She says the most vulnerable groups sometimes don’t see how resources obtained from an accurate census will benefit them.
“It’s a myriad of things; trust is at the center of it, but it’s also about making sure that it’s the right messenger and a trusted messenger. And that’s what non-profits have been able to successfully do so far.”
Murray-Brown says Michigan could lose more than 1-billion (B) dollars over the next decade if those 50-thousand people remain uncounted. I’m Kevin Lavery.