San Francisco launches census week of action

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Wednesday launched the city's Census Week of Action.

The week of action is part of the city's SF Counts campaign, which aims to increase the self-response rate for Census 2020 by reaching out to hard-to-count communities, providing technical assistance, and educating the public that the census is set to end on Sept. 30, said a statement.

"The Census is an important measurement of our community. In these tough economic times, we must protect critical federal resources for lifesaving programs and we must preserve our voice in the electoral process," said Breed in the statement.

San Francisco's current self-response rate for the 2020 Census is 65.6 percent, compared to 2010's final self-response rate of 68.5 percent. The statewide self-response rate for this year's census is currently 68.6 percent.

Strategies to improve the count include in-person assistance in Civic Center, the Mission District, Bayview area, and Chinese American communities, as well as door-to-door canvassing in undercounted communities.

"San Francisco is united during our Citywide Census Week of Action to improve our count," said City Administrator Naomi Kelly. "We thank the community groups, local sports teams and faith-based organizations that are helping us complete the count and ensure we get our fair share of federal funding."

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