More than 80 percent of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents live in areas identified as “hard to count,” according to the City University of New York (CUNY) Mapping Service.
This could come back to haunt the borough in the 2020 Census. Census figures factor in obtaining federal funding for health care, schools, housing, security, infrastructure, transportation and more. An undercounted population means Brooklyn loses out on much-needed funding it is entitled to.
Census figures also determine the number of representatives each state has in the House of Representatives and affects the redrawing of state and federal election districts.
On Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined Cecilia Clarke, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, along with other institutions to launch the #MakeBrooklynCount campaign for a complete census count in Brooklyn.