Mornings

LUCA participation helps ensure an accurate 2020 census

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Billions of federal dollars are distributed to states based on census counts. $400-500 billion in annual federal funds is allocated to state and local governments based on decennial census counts.

New Mexico receives $3.5 to $4 billion in annual federal assistance on a per capita basis that funds Medicaid, Transportation Grants, Education Grants, Section 8 Housing Vouchers, Community Development Block Grants, and dozens more.

Each New Mexican not counted may result in a loss of approximately $2,972 dollars for each of ten years. A 1 percent undercount of New Mexicans in 2020 may result in a $600,000,000 loss of funds over a ten-year period, making New Mexico very vulnerable to census undercount.

New Mexico’s greater vulnerability to an undercount is due to its unique demographic characteristics as the state has a large Native American and Hispanic populations, vast rural areas, and high poverty rates.

LUCA Participation Will Ensure an Accurate Count in New Mexico

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) is the opportunity for state and local governments to update the Census Bureau’s Master Address File (MAF)
-  LUCA is critical to an accurate Census, the address list informs enumerators where to count
- Adequate resources will allow GPS, BBER, EDAC and TRD to build a first-rate, comprehensive address file.

This address list will:

  • Ensure that no housing units are missed by the Census Bureau in 2020.
  •  Position the state to challenge any undercount.
  • Remain a valuable, much-needed resource for agencies throughout the state,

For more information, click here.


STORY TOOLS

News Briefs

Top Stories

Entertainment