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File #: 19-8357   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Housing Commission
On agenda: 11/20/2019
Posting Language: Briefing on the 2020 Census [Berta Rodriguez, Government and Public Affairs]
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Government & Public Affairs Department


Jeff Coyle, Government & Public Affairs




Government and Public Affairs will provide a presentation on the San Antonio/Bexar County Complete Count Committee and local efforts underway for the 2020 Census.


In the summer of 2018 the City of San Antonio convened stakeholders representing multiple community organizations to develop the framework of a strategic work plan which would guide San Antonio's efforts for a complete count during the 2020 Census. A critical strategy central to achieving a complete count was to form a Complete Count Committee. The Complete Count Committee is a volunteer organizing body whose members serve as trusted community voices during the census process. Members provide guidance on census outreach strategies and work with community partners to increase awareness and encourage all residents to complete the census questionnaire.

In April 2019, with appointees from the City Council and Commissioners' Court, Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff launched the 53 member San Antonio/Bexar County Complete Count Committee (Committee). The Committee is charged with reaching all residents, with a particular focus on the 25 percent of the county at risk of being undercounted, according to data provided by the Census Bureau. The Committee, under the leadership of Co-Chairs Celina Pena and Rebecca Cedillo, formed 6 Subcommittees and identified 12 Target Populations at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census. During the summer, the Subcommittees conducted a deep dive data analysis and identified strategies to mitigate barriers for participation among the Target Populations.

To support the outreach strategies of the Committee, the Count Me In branding and logo was launched and was used in the development of the resident centric Count Me In website.
Census day is April 1, 2020 and will mark the first decennial w...

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