City Initiates Salinas Action Team for 2020 Census Count

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News Date: 
February 20, 2019
Action Team Members

As a part of the countywide Monterey County Complete Count Committee, the City of Salinas has initiated an Action Team to ensure all Salinas residents are counted in the 2020 Census. The Census is crucial to ensure the City receives proper funding from the Federal and State Governments for services like healthcare, the SNAP program, transportation infrastructure, and education - in fact, the Census Bureau says that for every 5 residents uncounted, $100,000 of money is lost toward the aforementioned services. The City of Salinas has 38 percent of the County's Hard-to-count (HTC) population, so it is crucial that strategic actions are taken to ensure the highest count possible. Any resident of Salinas at the time of Census Day (April 1st, 2020) will be counted, regardless of their immigration status or whether they are here on a seasonal basis, such as a CSUMB student. 

The Action Team, led by the City's Advanced Planning and GIS Divisions, consists of local leaders from organizations such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Salinas Public Library, Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), Radio Bilingue, LULAC, BHC, Health Projects Center, and Monterey County's Housing Authority and Health Department. The purpose of the Action Team is to implement strategies at a grassroots level to ensure HTC Populations are counted. For more information on the Action Team, please contact Adam Garrett at adamg [at] ci.salinas.ca.us.