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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
DuPage County Awarded Census Grant
DuPage County announced Tuesday it received a $25,025 grant from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System’s (RAILS) Census 2020: It Counts! grant project. DuPage County is a subrecipient of the funds awarded to RAILS from the Governor and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
DuPage County has identified three main ways it will use the funding, including:
- Purchase technology to be used for questionnaire assistance at County facilities that service populations that have history been undercounted in the Census, including Community Services, the Health Department, and workNet DuPage
- Design and print informative materials explaining how to take the Census
- Carry out other communications efforts, including public service announcements, digital advertising, and social media posts
So far, DuPage County has taken numerous steps to get the word out on the Census and increase the number of people who take the questionnaire. The County Board created the DuPage Complete Count Committee, a special advisory group that includes 27 community organizations, local government partners, and residents to collaborate on ways to ensure a complete and accurate Census count.
“Ensuring an accurate Census count is extremely important for Illinois. More than $675 billion will be distributed nationwide to support state and County schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs in our communities,” said Sadia Covert, chairwoman of the DuPage Complete Count Committee. “We will use our unique position within our community to ensure a complete count to guarantee our community gets what it deserves.”
The 20 subgrantees of the RAILS grant includes libraries, social service agencies, and county-level organizations who will focus on six hard-to-count populations as outlined by IDHS. Those populations consist of children younger than 5 years old, renters, people living close to or below the poverty line, older adults, people experiencing homelessness, and people who are young and mobile.
“As a trusted messenger in our community, it is our duty to educate the hard-to-count populations about the importance of completing the Census and how a complete count can benefit those populations and our community as a whole,” said Jim Healy, the vice chairman of the Complete Count Committee.
To learn more about the U.S. Census, visit www.2020census.gov