COMMUNITIES RESPOND

Yes! to the Census! Communities of Focus Coordination with Houston in Action 

Since mid-March, households across the country have had the opportunity to complete their Census. The U. S. Census Bureau has been providing a daily count of how many households have responded to their Census questionnaires by state, county, city, and Census block level—and with the support of our data partners, January Advisors and Civis Analytics—by neighborhood, giving us strategic insight into the communities where our focus is most needed.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis’s effect on U. S. Census operations plans for non-response follow-up and phone assistance to change, the U. S. Census Bureau has also shared that trained volunteers, who follow strict protocols, will be able to call and assist community members by filling out and submitting community members’ online Census questionnaires with the information community members provide to volunteers while on the phone.

Learn more about direct assistance to community members and the communities of focus from the online event we hosted April 27, 2020.

 

Ready to take action in one of the priority communities of focus? Here’s how to get started.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS & ORGANIZATIONS CAN START HERE 

(STEP 1) Getting Started (for community organizers and/or organizations)

Complete the Getting Started questionnaire here to let us know where you’re working and a few other things about your community.

Southwest (Gulfton, Westwood, Braeburn) 
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, May 10 - Saturday, May 16 2020

→ Join the effort

→ Local Response Rates

East Side (Magnolia Park, Pecan Park, Manchester/Harrisburg)
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, May 24 - Saturday, May 30 2020 

→ Join the effort

→ Local Response Rates

North (Northside, Northline, Near Northside) 
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, May 31 - Saturday, June 6, 2020

→ Join the effort

→ Local Response Rates

Downtown
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, June 7 - Saturday, June 13, 2020

→ Join the effort

→ Local Response Rates

Pasadena/Edgebrook
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, June 14 - Saturday, June 20, 2020

→ Join the effort

→ RSVP for the call - Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 pm

→ Local Response Rates

Aldine
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, June 21 - Saturday, June 27, 2020 

→ Join the efforts

→ RSVP for the call - Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 pm

→ Local Response Rates

Cloverleaf/East Harris 
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, June 28 - Saturday, July 4, 2020

→ Join the efforts

→ RSVP for the call - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 pm

→ Local Response Rates

Denver Harbor/Northshore
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, July 5 - Saturday, July 11. 2020

→ Join the efforts

→ RSVP for the call - Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 pm

→ Local Response Rates

Northwest (Langwood, Fairbanks/NW Crossing) 
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, July 18, 2020

→ Join the efforts

→ RSVP for the call - Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 pm

→ Local Response Rates

Greenspoint
Regional Coordination Week Dates: Sunday, July 19 - Saturday, July 25, 2020

→ Join the efforts

→ RSVP for the call - on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 3:30-4:30 pm

→ Local Response Rates

 

(STEP 2) Plan & Strategize what activities make sense for you community

Start by understanding what others are already doing and what gaps need to be filled. You can find that information in the Communities Respond Working Document for your community of focus. If you have not received access to the Working Document, or your information is not shown in the document, please complete the coordination efforts form/s by clicking the “Add your name to the coordination efforts” link beneath the relevant communities above.

In the working document, identify others working in the community. What important activities may not have been considered yet, or which key community groups may have not yet been engaged.

(Step 3) Organize your community to support your efforts

You know your community best. Take time to identify leaders/connectors that you know who also know your community well and might make good partners in recruitment or implementing your activity. Take time to identify community partners/resources that may also make good partners in recruitment or implementing your activity. Together, decide what types of events make sense for your community. Review the map beneath each neighborhood above to see how your neighborhood response rate looks, and identify the lowest responding Census tracts in your neighborhood. Track your community asset, resource, and partner communications in the Communities Respond Working Document for your community of focus.  
 

(Step 4) Plan your activity/ies

Some activity types we’re currently able to support include the below. Learn more about what to expect from each:

  • Putting up Yes! to the Census! posters and/or yard signs
  • Calling friends, members or your network (phonebanking)
  • Texting friends, members or your network
  • Educate and/or assist your community with Census completion
  • Or join an existing effort (visit the calendar for details)

Submit your event/s or activity/ies to the Houston in Action activity/event calendar

Funded Partners Activity/Event Submission Form

All other Activities/Event Submission Form

Once your activity/event is submitted:

  • You will receive a confirmation email that your activity/event was submitted for review
  • Once approved, you’ll receive an email indicating that your activity/event was approved, as well as materials and details you may need for your event
  • Following your event, you’ll receive instructions on how to share how your activity/event went.
 

(Step 5) Recruit & Outreach

Once your activity/event is submitted to the Houston in Action event calendar:

  • You’ll also receive information about how to recruit volunteers and do outreach to potential participants for your event 
  • You’ll receive a link to your event page

Once you receive the link to your event page, you can use the event page to register people to participate in your activity

  • Share it before your event and recruit people to join your activity
  • Share the your registration link on social media - use the hashtag #HTownCounts so we can share your event also
  • Recruit people from your social media network by making a video. Here are some tips on making a video.

Check out these partners and other community assets to see if they’d like to participate in your event or help you recruit.

Need volunteers? Houston in Action partners can register for an account on volunteerhouston.org for free and post their volunteer opportunities for free.

(Step 6) Complete your activity/event!


During your event, be sure to
  • Take photos or video of people in action
  • Post photos on social media using relevant hashtags like #HTownCounts, #YestotheCensus and #SialCenso
  • Tag @houstoninaction
  • Use Facebook or Instagram to “go-live” from your event for 5-20 minutes

(Step 7) Tell us how it went

Following your event, you’ll receive a survey and other instructions so you can tell us how it went and to share your success.  
United Way of Greater Houston 2020 Census Response Grant