NCAAT partners with local nonprofits and ABC11/WTVD on Census hotline today

With just 21 days left in Census enumeration, North Carolina is among states with a self-response rate of less than 62% on the 2020 U.S Census. Durham County, the second-largest county in the state, has a 60% self-response rate. North Carolina Asian Americans Together, El Pueblo, El Centro Hispano and NC Counts Coalition have partnered with ABC11/WTVD to reach marginalized communities and encourage them to include their Census count.

ABC11/WTVD will work with nonprofit partners to host virtual phone banks during newscast today to answer questions about the Census and instantly connect interested parties to a U.S. Census worker via the phone to complete their form. The phone bank will be open today 4:00-6:30 p.m., and the public can call 1-844-432-9832 with their questions about the Census. The station previously reported that the North Carolina could lose $7.4 billion a year for the next decade if residents do not respond by September 30.

“Asian Americans have historically been undercounted.” NCAAT Executive Director Chavi Koneru said. “Lack of concerted contact and outreach has been one of the biggest barriers to making sure that our communities are accurately counted. The results of an undercount can be devastating not only in regards to government funding for communities but also for fair representation in government, particularly for 2021 when redistricting will be happening.”

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among AAPIs and allies in North Carolina through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization and political participation. Learn more at www.ncaatogether.org

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