Texas Communities Count

Texas Communities Count: A photo of a large group of people standing in the shape of Texas.As part of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s 80th Anniversary initiative, the foundation will invest $2 million in complete count efforts in Texas for the 2020 U.S. Census. Our primary focus is to aid collaborative approaches that aim to reach traditionally hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities and geographic areas throughout the state. The goal is to encourage participation in the 2020 Census so that every person in Texas is counted.

Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the nation. An accurate and complete census is necessary to determine fair allocation of federal dollars for resources, services and infrastructure that support our everyday quality of life. Texas Communities Count grantees will pursue one of two strategies: (1) direct, local, on-the-ground complete count efforts or (2) regional or statewide coordination of these local efforts. Strategies will focus on hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities or geographic regions in Texas that are designated as health professional shortage areas (HPSA) and utilize collaborative approaches to increasing participation in the 2020 U.S. Census.

The Texas Communities Count grant awardees will be announced in mid-November. Their work will begin on December 1 and continue through August 2020. Check this page for future updates.

Texas Communities Count Resources

The Texas Communities Count initiative is part of a larger effort by engaged Texas citizens to ensure a complete count. We have compiled a list of resources for those who wish to learn more and get involved. This is not a comprehensive list and is provided for informational purposes only. The Hogg Foundation does not officially endorse any of the organizations listed.

Census Basics

2020 Census Key Dates
The U.S. Census Bureau has provided this timeline of key dates related to the 2020 Census.

2020 Census Partner Materials
The U.S. Census Bureau has provided an extensive list of resources related to the 2020 Census.

League of Women Voters Census Page
This page contains the League of Women Voters Census Toolkit and other helpful resources.

Texas Demographic Center Census Website
The Texas Demographic Center provides an overview of what the 2020 Census means for Texas.

Complete Count Committee Resources

2020 Census Complete Count Committee Guide
An overview guide to Complete County Committees by the U.S. Census Bureau.

2020 Census Complete Count Committees Map
The U.S. Census Bureau has provided a useful visualization of Complete Count Committees in the United States.

Resources for Historically Underserved Communities

2020 Census Language Resources
The U.S. Census Bureau has provided a list of non-English language resources.

Color of Change Rapid Response Toolkit
Color of Change has provided a census toolkit for African American communities.

Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights Census Fact Sheets
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights has created a series of 2020 Census fact sheets for communities of color and historically underserved communities.

National Association of Latino Elected Officials Census Website
This website provides an extensive compilation of resources and information about the 2020 Census that is geared toward Latino communities in the U.S.