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Voting and the 2020 Census

As service providers, it is imperative that we empower clients to use their voice, vote and advocate for important issues, such as housing and health care.

As service providers, it is imperative that we empower clients to use their voice to advocate for important issues, such as housing and health care. One very important action in that endeavor, is mobilizing clients to VOTE.

Thus, empowering them to choose people that will represent their interests and legislate policies that positively effect their lives.

Every year Care For the Homeless hosts nonpartisan voter registration drives at our service sites. This year we moved to virtual platforms to achieve engagement. We also partnered with Vot-ER to help clients determine their registration status, register to vote, or request a mail-in ballot.

Clients and allies can text:

“Vote CFH” to 3-4444 

and they will be sent a link that guides them through the process.

Michael Austin speaking at press conference. Vote.

We understand that access to technology is a barrier among unstably housed individuals. So, with that in mind, we have also conducted outreach at our shelters to register people to vote in person.

Click below to explore the many ways you obtain paper copies from the NYC Board of Elections.

VOTE

The 2020 Census

And don’t forget, there is still time to fill out the census. Currently, the Trump administration is pushing back on an injunction that reinstated the deadline to reply to October 31st. However, the Census Bureau announced that the count would end on October 5th.

Regardless, the urgency remains the same! As of today, the response rate for New York is 63.5%.

Let’ make it 100%!! 

Remember census data helps inform decisions about billions of dollars in federal funding, for services such as shelters and soup kitchens as well as programs that assist with housing, nutrition and transitioning from homelessness. 

You can fill out the census at 2020census.gov.