The Decennial Census is Only 18 Months Away

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Provided by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The decennial census is just 18 months away, and we are launching Count the Region.” This is an initiative to get out the count for 2020 Decennial Census in Northern Virginia. The initiative will ensure that everyone living in the region is counted, counted once, and counted in the right place.
Many large federal assistance programs distribute funds to states based solely on decennial census-driven statistics. Programs include highway planning and construction, the National School Lunch Program, Section 8 housing assistance, Head Start, and others that support and sustain the social and civil fabric of our community. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that for every individual in Virginia who is not counted, we will lose $2,000 per year for 10 years ($20,000) in federal assistance program allocations.  
It is our hope that the Community Foundation’s involvement in this initiative will help energize our community around this important endeavor. The census has profound implications in our region for the next 10 years.
For more information about this initiative or to be added to the list of community organizations interested in getting engaged, please contact Sari Raskin, Director of Grants and Community Leadership, at

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