Civic Engagement

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In 2020, Mid-City CAN is participating in a region-wide effort to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 census

Why does the census matter?*

Census data shape the future of our community and define our voice in Congress.

  • The 2020 Census will determine how more than $700 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decade to states and localities.
  • Census data is used to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, childcare centers, senior centers and other services should be built.
  • Key federal programs rely on data and allocations derived from the census, including: Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicare Part B, Highway Planning and Construction, Section 8, Title I Grants, Special Education Grants (IDEA), State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Head Start.
  • Census data are also used for the apportionment of Congressional seats and redistricting at all levels of government.
  • Census data are indispensable for monitoring discrimination and the enforcement of a broad range of civil rights laws.

*Source: NALEO

Voter engagement is a critical power-building strategy for Mid-City CAN. 

We build a stronger and more robust democracy by registering and encouraging people who don’t normally vote. Increasing the number of voters in City Heights also ensures that City Heights becomes more powerful, that resources are invested more equitably in the community, and that residents' needs are taken seriously by decision-makers.

The voters who choose to, are then linked to Momentum Team campaigns where they can actively engage on the issues critical to their daily lives.

Click here to check out how we exceeded our goals in 2018!

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