(BLOOMFIELD CT) – Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz joined Mayor Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, local elected officials and community members at Bloomfield Social Services to launch the town’s Local Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. This marks the 108th complete count committee established to date. An accurate census count is critically important to Connecticut’s northwest corner as it is the foundation to determine federal funding allocations.
“We want every person to be counted but in order to achieve that, we need cities and towns to prepare as well because each community faces its own unique challenges in achieving an accurate count for the census,” Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz said. “I applaud Mayor DeBeatham-Brown and the Town of Bloomfield for making the 2020 Census a priority and launching their complete count committee today.”
Joining Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz and Mayor DeBeatham-Brown were Bloomfield Town Manager Robert E. Smith, Rev. Shawn Fisher of the 1st Congressional Church in Bloomfield, Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr. of Bloomfield’s The First Cathedral, Special Assistant Christine Grant, Rosewyn Smallhorn of Bloomfield’s Rehoboth Church of God, and Bloomfield social services staff.
In February of this year, Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz launched the Connecticut Complete Count Committee to ensure Connecticut would be the best-counted state in the nation. Similar to the state-wide committee, the Bloomfield Local Complete Count Committee will work together to analyze previous census undercounts and recommend strategies to achieve a full count in the city for this upcoming census.
Connecticut receives over $11 billion dollars from the federal government as a result of census. These federal dollars are used to fund vital state programs including Medicaid, Pell Grants, children’s health insurance, highway planning and construction, nutritional assistance and many more.
Roughly 22 percent of Connecticut is considered “hard to reach” communities. Among these demographics include young adult males, individuals with impermanent housing and immigrant communities.
Although undercounts have been a persistent problem, the 2020 Census will make completing information easier than ever before as this will be the first time residents can fill out their information online.
Beginning in early 2020, the public will be able to complete their census information using a computer or phone, in addition to mailing in their form.