Presentation: U.S. Census by Jarwanda Harris, Partnership Specialist – Louisiana

Latino Forum
November 2019 Meeting Notes

Presentation: U.S. Census 2020 by Jarwanda Harris, Partnership Specialist-Louisiana

  • Build relationship with the community to increase the education around the US Census and how it impacts each community and to motivate to fill out the Census
  • City of NOLA has their CCC (Complete Count Committee) because in 2010 NOLA had a 45% response and we lost a congressional seat
  • US Census governs political power and government funding
  • Each state receives share of funding based an population size and then funds municipalities based
  • Impacts medical, roads, schools, various re-development
  • Low response areas:
  • Children under 5 is impacted the most because from 1-10 will benefit with medical, head start, kindergarten are funded based on the population accounted for, so it is important to include this community
  • Aging and Disabilities
  • Veterans
  • Homeless
  • Immigrants, Refugees, and Non-English speaking communities
  • Challenge is getting individuals you serve that fall under this demographic, that fear answering the Census, so partnering with other organizations to share that the information collected from the US Census is confidential
  • Information not released for 72 years to ensure confidentiality
  • What is shared 1 year after is the data and statistics and use this to identify categories (age, language, etc.)
  • Everyone uses the Census for data
  • Falls under Dept. of Commerce
  • Each person counted gets a set dollar amount for 10 years for services
  • There ACS (American Community Survey) is sent out annually to get some ideas of increase or decrease in those areas
  • Parishes have % rates of responses, anything over 70% is a high response rate, and anything below 70% is low response rate
  • George in Baton Rouge to become a city was made possible after Census 2010 numbers because all those river communities had a low response rate so when redistrict, Senator gained a larger area
  • Goal is to gain the congressional seat to have representation in DC to advocate for Louisiana
  • Two barriers: Non English speaking, non Citizens responding the US Census
  • Funding that governs those services get cut when have low response rates
  • Method to respond to the US Census will be a phone-line and online process
  • US Census Day is April 1st2020
  • Guidance is who will be living at your house on April 1stand include all individuals that are residing in your home, if those living in your household are having difficulties, they will be counted if they respond so that community will receive funding for resources
  • First Phase: Postcard will be mailed out the 2ndweek of March with a code (which identifies your address) and 1-800 # for households to respond and a website and will have up to the first week of April
  • Second Phase: Will send an additional card with the code and 1-800.State government, post office is where got the addresses that a home is at that location
  • Last Phase: Will be those knocking on doors, neighbors to help identify members, ending it in June.
  • Heavily recruiting in LA, encourage people to apply online and for Group Quarters – individuals living in institutions, prisons, foster care, homeless, where groups are living
  • Can work anywhere from 20-40 hours weekly and projected to end in summer 2020… based on their availability…US Census request at least 4 hours per week… basic requirement is 18 years with transportation… a preliminary background and then send it to the local offices to move forward with fingerprinting.
  • Rates are determined by Parish…Orleans and JP is $20 and BR is $18 and pay .58 cents per mile. Timesheets turned in on Saturday and get paid on Wednesday.  Depending on your bank.  Some rates are premium, which means get their pay rate plus additional pay.  Does not affect those receiving benefits.
  • TTY for the non-hearing and hearing impaired
  • Don’t have that guidance yet on the postcards on how to address the Non-Native English speakers, so at this time asking partners to make this a speaking point so the community knows that a postcard will be coming with a code and 1-800 #
  • Phone line will have 23 different language prompts
  • Texas and Georgia gained congressional seats, active engagement and education on US Census impacts the community
  • Unfortunately the folks in detention centers will be counted in the parishes where they are being held
  • ROAM allows you to see response and demographic rates down to a zip code, down to a street
  • November will begin school and statistics drive in the schools and how US Census impacts schools, funding, number of students in the classrooms,
  • 6 million children yearly requested services that were not counted in the US Census 2010 so funding was not allocated for them


To kick off this new year we will hold a training on Wednesday, January 29th at 9:00AM, as a part of the monthly coalition meeting.  Dr. Murelle G. Harrison will lead our training session on the Strategic Prevention Framework. This training is open to everyone interested in learning about strategies and skills for prevention. We ask that you invite and encourage others to take advantage of this free training session.

Click here for a link to the flyer for this training session to share with anyone interested in attending.

Click here to see the agenda for the January 29th LA Vozde la Comunidad Coalition meeting & training session.

We hope that you are able to participate in making Greater New Orleans a healthier city in 2020.

Our Best,
LA Voz de la Comunidad

NOLA Ready 2-day Training in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for House of Worship! Jan. 18th & 25th

Start off 2020 with a special NOLA Ready 2-day training in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for Houses of Worship! 

NOLA Ready Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) teaches individuals the important skills needed to help their neighbors and communities respond to different types of disasters, as well as support first responders and community disaster partners in response and recovery efforts. If you are passionate about emergency preparedness and disaster response and recovery for your House of Worship and in your community, this free training is for you!. For training details and instructions, click here.

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Sat, Jan 18, 2020, 9:00 AM –

Sat, Jan 25, 2020, 5:00 PM CST

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RIDE New Orleans meetings for New Links Public Engagement

Good Morning,
My name is Courtney and I’m the Organizer and Storyteller for RIDE New Orleans, a transit advocacy group here in New Orleans.
I’m reaching out today because RIDE along with the Regional Planning Commission are setting up for New Links public engagement. Below are all the details but because I haven’t worked with you before I’d be happy to give you a call or grab a coffee to give you more details or answer any questions.
Check out the emails below and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
We’re setting up meetings for New Links public engagement!
The New Links regional transit network redesign process is asking New Orleans residents to consider comprehensive changes to the RTA and Jefferson Transit transit networks in 2020. These changes are intended to comprehensively improve transit service to make it more convenient, fast, and reliable.

Public engagement is key to this process –  and the New Links team would like to send a representative to one of your regular meetings in January, February, or March, to briefly explain the potential changes and gather feedback and recommendations from your members.

Would it be possible to present at one of those meetings? We anticipate that presentations can be as brief as 10 minutes and feedback would be extremely valuable to the process.

Please let us know and I can schedule a representative to attend. You can contact me either via email – or phone 415-770-4452

The New Links process is a joint project of the Regional Planning Commission, the RTA, Jefferson Transit, the City of New Orleans, and St. Bernard Parish. A number of community stakeholders, including Ride New Orleans are also participating.

New Links kicked off in spring 2019 and is expected to make a final recommendation in the Summer of 2020. Currently, New Links planners are asking the public to consider resent three different concepts of an updated regional transit network in order to better engage the public in the discussion on tangible short- and medium-term improvements to the regional transit network. That is what we hope to present to YOUR GROUP in the next few months. Feedback from these engagement sessions will be used to inform the final New Links proposal, currently slated for Summer 2020.


Courtney Jackson
(She, Her, Hers)
Organizer and Storyteller
RIDE New Orleans



US Department of Labor Job Postings

Please see the links below to the job announcements. Please feel free to circulate these announcement to your associates, stakeholders, etc.

If you have any questions please let me know

William Sabik

Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist
United States Department of Labor

Wage and Hour Division
New Orleans District Office
600 S. Maestri Place, Suite 615
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 373-0691 cell

(504) 299-1497 office/fax

U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay

Good morning

I am sharing with you the press release:

  • On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay. For more information, please visit

If you have any questions please let me know.

William Sabik

Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist
United States Department of Labor

Wage and Hour Division
New Orleans District Office
600 S. Maestri Place, Suite 615
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 373-0691 cell

(504) 299-1497 office/fax