Crist Announces New Congressional Staff Report Highlighting Significant Costs of Census Undercount for Florida’s 13th District

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St. Petersburg, FL, September 25, 2020 | comments

Today, Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL) released a new report prepared by the staff of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties detailing the significant costs of an undercount for Florida's 13th Congressional District.

“This new report makes clear—a complete Census count is essential for the people of Florida's 13th District. Even a small undercount of 1% could cost our district nearly $7 million in federal funding for our schools, foster care system, and health insurance programs like Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program," said Crist. "The COVID-19 crisis has posed unprecedented challenges to the 2020 Census, and current response rates provided by Census.gov show over 35% of households in FL-13 have yet to respond. It is critical that we close this gap, so that each and every Pinellas resident is counted and receives full representation in our federal government.”

Rep. Crist urges households in the district to fill out their Census forms right now—in the comfort of their own homes—by going online at https://2020census.gov/, calling 844-330-2020, or filling out the forms they received in the mail. The 2020 Census has only 12 questions and does not ask about citizenship.

Data collected by the Census is used to determine how much funding the district receives for critical services like education, medical care, foster care, roads, public transit, and job programs. Census data also helps local governments enhance public safety and prepare for emergencies.

The new report details that if there is just a 1% undercount in the 2020 Census, the residents of the 13th District of Florida could lose:

·       $6.6 million in federal funding for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and foster care assistance programs.

·       $213,000 in federal funding for schools that have a high proportion of low-income students, or the equivalent of all the textbooks that 854 students would need in a school year.

·       $160,000 in federal funding for job training centers and career counseling.

Click here to read the full report.
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