A central Illinois non-profit is picking up their efforts to get people counted for the upcoming census.
Community Action indicates they are hoping to use their recognition in central Illinois to get residents counted as there is a lot on the line. Breann Titus with Community Action explains the census being able to be completed online is going to be a huge advantage this time around.
Clearing up confusion about who should get counted and when is part of the Community Action goal this time around. Titus indicates they are finding parents are sometimes confused about when to start counting their children and they want to emphasize any living person in a home needs to be counted.
Community Action is partnering with a Tri-County and Peoria agency to promote the importance of the census thanks to a grant from the State of Illinois. Titus points out since 1990, the State of Illinois has lost a Congressional seat and is on pace to lose two this year.
Titus points out the elderly and the 0-5 population and those are the populations that Community Action provides services for. She says if they lose funding because people are not counted, their organization loses out on funding opportunities.