New Congressional Staff Report Highlights Dire Costs of a Census Undercount for the 47th District of California

October 15, 2020
In The News

If you haven't been counted, it’s time to fill out your Census forms.  A complete Census count is essential for our district.  This year’s Census comes at an unprecedented time.  As we face a public health crisis and global economic downturn, it is crucial for our community to secure the funding we are entitled to for critical services like education, medical care, and job programs.  To ensure that our community has the resources we need for the next decade, every person in our district must be counted.

I'm urging everyone who has not been counted to fill out their Census forms right now by going online at, calling 844-330-2020, or filling out the forms they received in the mail and getting them postmarked by Oct. 15. The 2020 Census has only 12 questions and does not ask about citizenship.

Data collected by the Census is used to determine how much funding the district receives for critical services like education, medical care, foster care, roads, public transit, and job programs.  Census data also helps local governments enhance public safety and prepare for emergencies.

A new report prepared by the staff of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties details that if there is just a 1% undercount in the 2020 Census, the residents of the 47th District of California could lose:

  • $347,000 in federal funding for schools that have a high proportion of low-income students, or the equivalent of all the textbooks that 1,385 students would need in a school year.
  • $256,000 in federal funding for job training centers and career counseling.

Click here to read the full report.