The US Constitution calls for a count of the nation’s population every ten years to help determine the distribution of government resources and political representation for local, state, and tribal governments across the country. In 2000, the Census failed to count more than 3 million people across the country and 100,000 San Franciscans. The undercount occurred predominantly in low-income, immigrant, and limited-English-proficient communities and communities of color. As a result, minority voting rights were diluted and federal funds and government services were not allocated in a fair and equitable manner.
Since the 1970 Census, CAA has played an active advocacy and community outreach role in each decennial Census. In 2010, we are convening a multiracial and multi-ethnic coalition to purse a fair and just census in San Francisco.
The Yes We Count coalition will monitor and ensure that public agencies responsible for Census 2010 are held accountable and receive the necessary community input to be effective. Also, we will help coordinate grassroots outreach in those most hard-to-count neighborhoods that have been historically undercounted.
CAA is an official 2010 Census Questionnaire Assistance Center and can help you with your form.
General FAQs about the 2010 Census. (takes you to an external site)
You can help! Become a Census volunteer and help our community be counted.