Hoboken kicks off 2020 Census push, seeking to encourage participation citywide

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The City of Hoboken formally kicked off their 2020 U.S. Census push earlier this week, with the council approving a resolution seeking to encourage participation citywide.

Photo courtesy of the City of Hoboken.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The aforementioned resolution encourages all residents to participate in the upcoming census process, and supports the work of Hoboken’s Complete Count Committee, which formed in October 2019 to ensure that the city has a complete and accurate 2020 Census count.

It also declares April 1, 2020 a “Census Day of Action” to encourage a citywide Census response.

In the coming weeks, the Complete Count Committee will host a Census Jobs Fair at Stevens Institute of Technology on January 28, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and a Census “Lunch and Learn” at Fox Hill Gardens on February 7 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 pm.

Census jobs are local, well-paid, and essential to the Census effort.

Anyone interested can click on the City’s Census page (www.hobokennj.gov/census) for more information.

Decennial Census information not only provides data for planning purposes, but determines Congressional, state, and local legislative redistricting, and federal funding allocation.

Passing a threshold of 50,000 residents by just 5 people in the 2010 Census, Hoboken gained eligibility for a $1 million annual Community Development Block Grant for low and moderate-income residents since 2015 – a prime example of the importance of counting every person.