During the 1990 and 2000 Census campaigns, mail-in response rates in Asian communities, particularly in lower-income households, were lower than expected. Due to recent immigration, limited English capabilities, and unfamiliarity with the Census, Asian communities are at risk of being undercounted in the 2010 Census, which could result in losses of federal funding and Congressional representation. ACDC will work with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) throughout the spring to reach Asian communities in the Greater Boston Area and ensure that they are accurately counted. The ultimate goal of ACDC and MAPC will be to increase the mail-in response rate in Greater Boston’s Asian community by 5% from the 2000 Census rates.
ACDC has created an easy to use pamphlet that assists Chinese speakers with limited English abilities complete their 2010 Census forms. Hundreds of these pamphlets were distributed throughout Boston, Quincy, and Malden during the nationwide March to the Mailbox event on April 10.
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To kick off the Census effort, ACDC and MAPC convened the Massachusetts Asian Complete Count Committee (ACCC). The ACCC brought together community groups from Asian neighborhoods to develop a concerted strategy for communicating the importance of the Census to their constituents.
ACDC supplemented its outreach efforts in the community by serving as a Questionnaire Assistance Center (QAC) from March 22 to April 19. During this time, a bilingual Chinese Census worker was stationed at ACDC’s office to assist community members with their Census forms.
The work of ACDC and MAPC helped ensure Asian communities understand that the Census is low risk, mandatory and safe; and that they receive the funding for the areas in which they live and work.