Time Is Running Out, Respond Now

Published on September 27, 2020, 5:54 pm
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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. continues his push to #MakeTheBronxCount campaign as the deadline quickly approaches.

Bronx Borough President’s Office is using resources from the Census Outreach Grant; recently awarded by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Census Agencies, New York State Urban Development Corporation, Empire State Development, the New York Department of State, and the New York Department of Labor; aimed at helping increase the borough’s census count.

The award money ($328,000) was disbursed by the Office of the Bronx Borough President to local non-profits, which conducted targeted “Make The Bronx Count” Census outreach in various communities throughout the Bronx.

The 2020 Census can be filled out at my2020Census.gov.

Local non-profits are using the grant money to conduct strategic Census outreach, such as pop-up enrollment sites, phone/text banking operations and social media campaigns, throughout the Bronx.

Bronx County qualified for the grant, with the money aimed at addressing the low Census response rates in the borough, compared to New York State’s and national Census response averages. Currently, Bronx County has a 59.2% response rate compared to New York State’s 61.4% rate.

“Time is running out and we need to make sure The Bronx gets counted,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. “The 2020 Census is important in having our voices heard and we need to make sure that we stand up and get counted. Filling out the Census is vital in determining funding for our communities and redistricting. Let’s all work together to make sure we protect the federal resources we need to continue our growth for the next decade.”

New York State Grant Awardees include: 

  • CB 1: Bronx Works
  • CB 2: Bronx Works
  • CB 3: Claremont Neighborhood Centers Inc. / Childrens’ Aid
  • CB 4: Bronx Works / Dominicanos USA / Yankasa Association
  • CB 5: Davidson Community Center, Inc. / Dominicanos USA / Yankasa Association
  • CB 6: Childrens’ Aid
  • CB 7: Bronx Works / Dominicanos USA
  • CB 8: Dominicanos USA / Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • CB 9: Bronx Works
  • CB 10: Bronx Works / North Bronx York Sports Association
  • CB 11: Bronx Work
  • CB 12: Black Institute, Inc. / North Bronx Youth Sports Association / The Urban League
  • Bronx-Wide: NY Immigration Coalition

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, Borough President Diaz, Jr., partnered up with New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, in a friendly “Census 2020 Battle of the Boroughs” phone-banking competition, with the goal of encouraging our residents to be counted by responding to the Census.

On June 30, 2020, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. was joined by representatives of HealthFirst and spoke with the three winners of the #BronxCounts Challenge over Zoom to congratulate them on winning the contest.

The #BronxCounts Challenge, which was sponsored by HealthFirst, was a contest held by the Borough President’s Office calling attention to the importance of filling out the 2020 Census.
You can complete your Census 2020 TODAY by calling 1-844-330-2020, or by visiting My2020Census.gov.


Time Is Running Out, Respond Now
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