It’s the countdown to the country’s headcount.
The 2020 census is less than two years away, and experts are already preparing.
The California Community Foundation and USC hosted a roundtable discussion with ethnic media to discuss the impact of the upcoming census.
The Census — which uses the count to determine federal funding, representation, and social programs — will begin in January of 2020.
Los Angeles is the country’s second largest city but the region has been one of the most difficult places to count — with its wide geography, a large homeless population, and an immigrant population that has different levels of English proficiency.
It makes the immigrant count difficult, the possibility of limiting multilingual census workers, and the controversial proposals to ask citizenship questions.
Aside from lawsuit brought forth by state and local governments and community groups — seeking to block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census — advocates are also using a public input period to make their voices heard on the controversial proposal.