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.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The aforementioned resolution encourages all residents to participate in the upcoming census process, and supports the work of Hobokenâ€™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 â€œCensus Day of Actionâ€ 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 â€œLunch and Learnâ€ 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 Cityâ€™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.