Santa Barbara, CA, June 22, 2020 – According to June 12, 2020 U.S. Census Bureau press release, the organization announced resumption of their data collection operations, stating that they will, “Continue to monitor the impacts COVID-19 has on 2020 Census operations and follow guidance of federal, state and local health authorities to ensure the safety our staff and the public.” To this end, the Bureau is collaborating with the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) and Santa Barbara County Complete Count Committee on a first of its kind outreach event called “Census Caravan(a).” This fun, interactive car caravan will take place on June 23, from 1 PM to 3 PM. The motorcade will be driving by Housing Authority properties and around Santa Barbara Census tracks in the Westside, Eastside and Downtown which are seeing a low Census response rate in comparison to the rest of the city. The car procession will also be driving by Assembly member Monique Limon, Supervisor Gregg Hart, and Supervisor Das Williams’ office for community shout-outs promoting Census participation. Residents are encouraged to greet parade participants from their doorway, yard, window or balcony; social distancing practiced will be strictly followed.
Caravan(a) is being coordinated by HACSB staff members Leticia Zuniga and Primitiva Hernandez. Ms. Zuniga says, “We will be joined by our local Census representatives Joni Maiden and Ana Maria Angulo. We ask and highly encourage all residents at these properties to come out and cheer us on with posters, horns, etc. We will have fun giveaways for residents who come out and support us! Additionally, we encourage people to join our Facebook Live Stream of the event and like, comment, share with your friends/community! https://www.facebook.com/Housing-Authority-of-the-City-of-Santa-Barbara-189096791116315/. Being the only agency conducting a Census Caravan(a)in the city of Santa Barbara, we hope this event will bring much awareness and encouragement to our residents to fill out their Census!
According to the U.S. Census website, “A census aims to count the entire population of a country, and at the location where each person usually lives. The census asks questions of people in homes and group living situations, including how many people live or stay in each home, and the sex, age and race of each person. The goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.”
For more information, contact Primitiva Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 284-7067.
About The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara
The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency created for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources. Since 1969, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has developed and/or secured over 3,400 units of affordable rental housing for Santa Barbara through a variety of federal, state, local and private funding sources. Please visit the website at www.hacsb.org.