City Encourages Applicants to Take Part in Census 2020 Complete Count Committee

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Photo provided courtesy of the City of West Hollywood. Photo credit: Richard E. SettlePhoto provided courtesy of the City of West Hollywood. Photo credit: Richard E. Settle

The City of West Hollywood is now accepting applications from members of the community who are interested in joining the Census 2020 Complete Count Committee (CCC). The city invites residents and local stakeholders in WeHo to play an active role in mobilizing people to take part in next year’s Census and educate residents about the importance of participation via the city’s “Be Counted West Hollywood” campaign.

In April 2019, the city launched its year-long countdown to Census 2020, which will take place on April 1, 2020. The City’s efforts, “Be Counted West Hollywood,” will encourage WeHo residents to participate in the census and return the questionnaire.

In September, the City of West Hollywood will launch its efforts to assemble a CCC and is inviting interested community members to apply to take part. The objective of the City’s CCC is to develop strategies for engaging hard-to-reach community members so that everyone in West Hollywood is counted. A complete count is vitally important; an incomplete count may lead to inaccurate population figures, which are used by federal and state governments to assign resources on a per-capita basis. As a community of just 1.9 square miles, the City of West Hollywood will work diligently to achieve a complete census count in Census 2020.

“The census provides critical information,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “A complete count will help to ensure that West Hollywood receives a fair share of federal funding and investments and, on a state level, the count will determine California’s apportionment in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s so important that people in our community take part and be counted.”

As a member of the CCC, local stakeholders will help craft strategies and will be equipped with important information about the Census 2020. In addition, members of the CCC will assist in disseminating information about the importance of the Census to friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and more.

Interested individuals may apply by filling out an application and returning it to the City of West Hollywood’s City Clerk’s office. The application and other relevant information can be found at www.weho.org/census2020 “Becoming a member of the CCC.” The City of West Hollywood’s Community and Legislative Affairs Division will assemble a review process that strives to ensure that the CCC embraces inclusivity and broad representation of the community and will make every effort to appoint individuals from diverse backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, age ranges, abilities, and more.

The first meeting of the Complete Count Committee for the Census 2020 will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard in Rooms 1 and 2. The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Hernan Molina, Governmental Affairs Liaison at hmolina@weho.org or by calling at (323) 848-6364.

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