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

LATINO FORUM September Meeting Notes

 Latino Forum
Meeting Notes

University of New Orleans


183 Milneburg Hall

2000 Lakeshore Drive, NOLA 70148

September 13, 2013


I. Introductions

  • Thank you to UNO Chart for hosting the August meeting and the wonderful continental breakfast and parking passes.  For more information on UNO-CHART visit
  • Student manual at 4th grade reading level.  Great for kids to use as they can motivate their parents since the kids are the English speakers
  • The management aspect from FEMA … needs to be more taught and more organizations need to be at the table.  Need to have the info prior to the hurricane season on June 1st
  • 2011 was first manual at 6th grade
  • 2013 was second manual at 3rd grade…ESL friendly…wording is less dense….more graphics and less cartoonish…always want to consider respecting the readers since this is for adults….included emergency radio station…all of these changes came from the classroom….realizing that this is also a great tool outside of the classroom into the community….
  • Considering translating it in Spanish, but only helpful if training a group of people to go into the community to train in Spanish….need to have this mechanism in place or it will not work….it is very useful as is in English for ABE and ESL adult learners
  • Environmental Safety needs to be included….for the workers…home owners….maybe create on flashcards in Spanish
  • Tool kit CD….overview of evacuation process….brings together many resources into one place…considering putting it on the web site….goal is to make it streamline…great for ABE providers to use in the classroom…include a link onto the Boggs Center and Literacy Alliance of GNO websites…include it on a thumbdrive….youtube videos….
  • This month will focus a testing a lesson or two….
  • NOATV great to partner with for the third piece which will be all visual…..suggest meeting with City of New Orleans Dr. DeSalvo….and FEMA….
  • Entergy has it on their website….
  • Daesy will follow up with Dr. DeSalvo and Karla will follow up with NOATV
  • Getting requests from 40 – 400 and intent is to print 800 total….a great tool to use at Health Fairs….
  • Would like to have the lessons used in all schools in Louisiana

II. Updates     

Tulane Children’s Health Project:  Couple of medical residents that are bilingual working in Kenner and added a new doctor, of Puerto Rican background….the Kenner site is huge and hoping to have the clinic moved to a building Kenner will be purchasing….Pediatric Services with Tulane…have a bilingual therapist to work with mental health….for more info contact: Carlos A. Naranjo/ Case Manager / Tulane Children’s Health Project / 504-858-0155

LFCL & OportunidadesNOLA’s Annual Fall Fundraising:  has been rescheduled to November 24, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm.  The Fall Fundraising Fiesta at Casa Borrega will provide an authentic Latin American style dinner buffet and a cash bar.  We are excited to announce that Los Po-Boy-Citos will provide the music for this evening! Tickets are $30 and on sale at Or come by our new office to purchase a ticket – 215 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway.  We’ll hope you’ll join us at one or both September events!  Keep checking here on our website and on our Facebook page for more details on our upcoming fundraisers  – please come out to support our organization!  We would like to thank Entergy and the offices of Braden, Gonzalez & Associates for helping sponsor our Fall Fundraising Fiesta. Our programs would not be possible without organizations and businesses like yours!  If you would like to help support us, contact us at  Also, you can support us online at our fundraiser! Our financial need is continuous and every donation helps us prepare for an upcoming trimester. If you’d like to help us, we have established an online fundraising platform on Please click on the link below to donate. We thank you for your help!  Oportunidades NOLA has merged with Latino Farmer’s Coop and located at 215 N. Jeff Davis…ESL classes on the
second floor…begin Monday Sept. 16th and will be registering for the next two weeks….

Verbo Christina Church: will have two health fairs in October with free flu shots and doctors consults as well blood pressure close testing. In Kenner the fair is on October 12th from 9a – 3p at 2601 Florida Ave. Family and kid oriented and also with short educational sessions about affordable care act and other health related topics. Free lunch to anyone who attends.  In New Orleans and close to you it will be on October 26th with same services, but no educational sessions. We will also have a food pantry and clothes for giving away. Free good lunch with carne asada too. We invite the neighborhood to stop in even if it’s just to eat. That fair is at Fire House Full gospel church on Scott street. A block from Tulane and two blocks from Carrollton.

Next Meeting:  Friday, October 11, 2013 at 9:00 am – 10:30 am.  Location TBA