2020 Census

U.S. Census Bureau

In an effort to reach historically undercounted community in the upcoming census, the Heart of West Michigan United Way has awarded mini grants to 19 Kent county agencies. The mini grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. 

One of these agencies is the Asian Community Outreach, an organization providing services to help the Asian community in Kent County. Crystal Buis president of the organization says the hardest to count populations within the Asian community are immigrants, new arrivals, and the elderly. 

SCOTUS rules not to include citizenship question in 2020 census

Jun 27, 2019
National Census Bureau

The announcement came on Thursday morning, several days after the U.S. Census Bureau released a study estimating that close to 9 million people would choose not to participate in the census if the citizenship question was included. Here is Kyle Lim, a resident of Grand Rapids, who says he would choose not to participate out of fear.

“I am really politically active and feel like being added to a federal list where my status is quote and quote counted could turn into a way to target me because of my political orientations and actions.” 

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order creating a committee aimed at encouraging an accurate federal census in the state next year.

The Democratic governor said Tuesday in a release the 2020 United States Census Complete Count Committee, which she leads, has roughly 60 members from numerous organizations and communities statewide. It includes business, academic, governmental and faith-based representatives.

Grand Rapids seeks workers for 2020 census efforts

Jun 6, 2019
U.S. Census

During the 2010 census, residents of the southeast and southwest of Grand Rapids were the most undercounted in all of the city – also the same areas with the highest concentrations of residents of color in the city, according to maps compiled from two Census Bureau sources.  

“You know what we want to do is focus on increasing awareness and confidence and desire to participate in those neighborhoods.”