In the last census in 2000, the undercount for Asian Americans was 1% and nearly 5% for Pacific Islanders. It is estimated that up to 175,000 AAPIs were missed in California in 2000 which resulted in a loss of about $2.1 billion in federal funds. Our community counts so we must make sure every single community member is counted!
A complete and accurate count can improve your community
The census determines where $400 billion goes annually. If your community is fully counted, this means more money to create jobs, fill the pot holes in the streets, sustain community clinics, and affect the quality of life for you, your family, and neighbors. In Los Angeles for example, $15 million was allocated to LAUSD title high schools based on 2000 census data!
Filling out the survey is our civic duty
It is our responsibility to make sure the government addresses our needs; we must show our growing population, hence our growing need for better schools, safer neighborhoods, and diverse job opportunities. If we don’t stand up and demand notice, no one will.
Data collected is secure and confidential
The census is 100% confidential; it does not ask for your immigration status or social security number. In fact, it is against the law for the Census Bureau to share any information to any other federal agency such as the Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), housing authorities, child support agencies, or private companies. Even the President does not get detailed data – he is only presented with general statistics.[/wm_text_block]