Provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
April 1, 2020 is Census Day. The Community Foundation has launched a “Count the Region” initiative to help get out the count for the 2020 Decennial Census. This initiative will make sure that everyone living in Northern Virginia is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place.
The stakes are very high. The data collected by the Census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. It also determines the allocation of billions in federal funds to local communities for such programs as Highway Planning and Construction, National School Lunches, Head Start, WIC, SNAP, TANF, Foster Care, Title 1 Grants, Federal Student Loans, and so much more. For every Virginian who is not counted, the state/region loses $2,000 per year for 10 years, or $20,000 total, in federal assistance program allocations.
We have launched the Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee. We are working with regional Complete Count Committees in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties to support local efforts, and we have created a portal on the Community Foundation’s Web site to serve as a resource to engage in Census efforts throughout Northern Virginia.