What Does the Census Mean to Pat Brown Institute?

We’re going to say it one more time for the people in the back: the results of this census will determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities — like ours — for the next TEN years.  

No one knows this better than our partners at the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA — a nonpartisan organization with programming centered around social justice and equality of opportunity for all Californians. Their programs—like the SELA Initiative—bring resources to build capacity and infrastructure for local nonprofits, inform and engage residents for increased civic participation, and provide the necessary data and research specifically designed to drive positive systemic change in Southeast LA. 

The 2020 Census will have a huge impact on the Southeast LA community because each person counted means almost $2,000 more per year goes towards schools, roads, public transportation and healthcare. 

Those dollars will make a lasting impact, and all it takes is 10 minutes to fill out the survey. So, the most important thing you can do right now is to fill out your 2020 Census form at my2020census.gov — but don’t just take our word for it! 

We asked our partners at the Pat Brown Institute to share with us why the census is important to them and the communities they work with. 

Here’s what their student professionals had to say: 

“The census is important to me because once everyone is counted, it allows for appropriate federal funding to go towards our communities, schools, hospitals, and other vital public works projects. I believe we all have a role to play in shaping our future by participating in the census. I did it for my community, do it for yours.” – Vanessa Trissthain, Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA
“The census is very important to my community because we need to not only be counted but be better represented. Representation for our struggling families and communities is what counts. 😊  ❤️  ” – Vivi Villafuerte, Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA
“I completed the Census because I trust that my responses are protected and confidential. By only taking a few minutes to respond, I am helping my community receive funding and resources for the next decade.” – Annie Thach, Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA

If you haven’t already, fill out your 2020 Census online at my2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail. It takes just 10 minutes to make a lasting impact in your community for the next 10 years.