The 2020 Census is just one year away, and will likely be the most difficult census in recent history. There could not be more at stake.
Immigrant communities and low-income communities of color are traditionally at risk of being undercounted by the census. In 2020, with the inclusion of a citizenship question, the climate of fear cultivated by the federal administration, and potential new technology requirements for completing the census, ensuring a complete and accurate count will be particularly challenging.
As a result, California and Marin County are at serious risk of an undercount, which would result in the loss of billions of dollars in Medicaid, Medicare, and SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) resources. Also in jeopardy is the potential loss of a congressional seat in the House of Representatives.