The deadline to complete the 2020 census is fast approaching. Detroit residents have until September 30th to complete their census forms.
“There is a national strategy to make sure that communities of color are under-counted.” — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Critical program funding and political representation are up for grabs in latest population count.
Listen: Mayor Mike Duggan on the 2020 census.
Mayor Mike Duggan says that so far Detroit is seeing a poor response in the 2020 census count.
“We are the third worst-performing city in America. The problem is far worse than in past years,” says Mayor Duggan.
The mayor says this is in part a result of the Trump administration’s policy changes around the census.
“There is a national strategy to make sure that communities of color are under-counted,” says Duggan.
With little faith in the appeals process, Duggan says it’s imperative that Detroit residents get counted during the voluntary census period. He says that political representation in Lansing and funding for programs like school lunches and Medicaid depend on an accurate count.
This article was written by Detroit Today student producer Clare Brennan.