June 17, 2009
The 2010 Census will provide information used to distribute some $300 billion in federal aid funds. Many of the programs this federal money funds are designed to serve our most vulnerable citizens, including elderly, homeless, and low-income populations. These groups are among those which have traditionally been severely undercounted by the Census.
Multnomah County has been identified as the fourth hardest to count county in Oregon; to combat the historical difficulty in accurately reporting on our area, Commissioner Fish and Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury are joining to chair the Complete Count Committee for Census 2010.
The Committee will "promote the Census, identify local barriers to participation, and work on solutions to those barriers" leading up to Census Day on April 10, 2010.