Fitzgerald announces $6,500 to help get an accurate 2020 Census count in Philadelphia

Lawmaker stresses importance of it amid COVID-19 concerns

PHILADELPHIA, March 19 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald today announced a $6,500 state grant to help Penn Asian Senior Services in Philadelphia promote awareness and participation in the upcoming 2020 Census. 

"The census only happens once a decade and provides a critical opportunity for our communities to get its fair share of millions in federal funding to strengthen schools, help seniors and fix roads," said Fitzgerald, D-Phila. "PASSi understands the importance of being counted and can use this funding to continue educating vulnerable populations in the Philadelphia area about the different ways to participate."

As part of her efforts to help protect her neighbors from COVID-19, Fitzgerald is stressing that people can fill out their census forms safely online.

"The well-being of my constituents is my top priority," explained Fitzgerald. "Participating in the census digitally allows a person to practice social distancing while making sure they don't miss out." 

This funding is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Census 2020 Outreach Grant program, which focuses on supporting efforts that target hard-to-count populations, including:

 

  • Those who do not speak English as their primary language.
  • Ethnic minorities.
  • Immigrants.
  • Members of the LGBTQ community.
  • People experiencing homelessness.