With less than 100 days until the completion of Census 2020, we are encouraging all residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to get out the count. Now more than ever, it is critical that we complete the most accurate count possible to ensure our businesses and future generations can prosper beyond the impacts of COVID-19.

The recent federal announcement to remove undocumented immigrants from the count used for apportioning Congressional representatives has also raised questions about eligibility and local processes. The action also prompted responses from California’s Governor and others, calling the move unconstitutional and anticipating legal action. Ditas Katague, California Complete Count Director, has stated that the memo “does not impact who can or should complete the Census form and is aimed instead at how the results will be used.”

While COVID-19 is projected to have lasting effects on the nation’s economy, an undercount or modification to apportionment would have grave consequences on our communities by reducing federal funding for essential programs, including infrastructure, housing and schools. A potential shift in apportionment would not only impact the nearly three million residents of the East Bay, but also have negative consequences for small businesses and key industry sectors that drive California’s economy.

Now is the time to let our voices be heard. Visit the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Census 2020 pages to complete your survey, learn about upcoming events, and get involved. Together we can ensure that our region continues to be the heart of innovation, prosperity, and inclusion.