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Providence Center: Why the 2020 Census matters to us

Charito Moralas (izquierda), la organizadora comunitaria en Providence Center, y Siria Rivera, la directora ejecutiva de Providence Center, posan para un retrato en Providence Center en el 18 de febrero, 2020. (Foto por Erin Blewett)

The 2020 Census matters, and you count.

North Philadelphia is well known as the Census “red zone” for the lack of community participation in past Censuses. But this year, nonprofit organizations like Providence Center and neighborhood volunteers hope to change the story and make history with higher participation rates. 

The Census is critical because an accurate count will bring support and resources to our community. The census data helps determine political representation and federal funding for public services, such as hospitals, fire departments, schools, and more.   

Our mission is to serve as a leader in the community and inform residents that they matter, and they count. Our campaign is for all the people who feel like they don’t have a voice.

Kensington Voice is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on economic mobility. Read more at or follow on Twitter at @BrokeInPhilly.

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Editors: Zari Tarazona, Jillian Bauer-Reese / Story Designer: Jillian Bauer-Reese / Translator: Diana Cristancho

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