TODAY Is National Census Day Of Action, City Of Detroit marks day with outdoor events and asks residents to join effort

  • Outdoor events planned in Southwest and Palmer Park
  • 12:01 p.m. virtual thunderclap encourages tweets and posts on Facebook and Twitter on the importance of filling out the Census
  • Residents should use Day of Action to call and text neighbors to complete the 2020 Census

The financial impact of the Census is most directly felt by Detroit residents, especially those who rely on social services, such as school lunches, Head Start, WIC, Bridge Cards, low-income housing, Meals on Wheels, and Medicaid. As of today, Detroit’s overall Census response rate is less than 50 percent. To increase Census participation in more communities, the City is hosting several events as part of the statewide Census Day of Action June 17.

Census Day of Action Across Detroit

  • District 6 Census Parade in Southwest
    Patton Recreation Center (2301 Woodmere St, Detroit, MI 48209)
    4 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    The District 6 Census Parade will begin at the Patton Recreation Center parking lot and go through the neighborhoods of Springwells, Claytown, and Central Southwest ending at Clark Park. There will be a DJ, Culture Creators, live performances and giveaways ensuring a safe and socially distant good time for all.
  • District 2 Sign-up Rallies
    Palmer Park Apartment Buildings
    Colanade Apartments (275 Merton)
    Palmer Lodge Apartments at Covington & Woodward
    2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sign-up rallies are set for two apartment complexes from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. There will be free giveaways, ice cream and additional swag for individuals that complete their Census form in-person. Residents are encouraged to attend and invite friends and family.

“The 2020 Census is a once-in-a-decade opportunity where Detroiters get to tell the Federal Government how much money it will send to support the people of our city,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “It’s a simple formula – for each person who fills out a Census form, Detroit gets more money for many of its most important programs. If we don’t fill out our forms, Detroit’s money will go to other cities to support their residents.”

How Detroiters Can Help
In addition to organized events, Detroiters are encouraged to take the day to contact their neighbors about the Census. Detroit Census counts are being greatly impacted by COVID-19. Nearly half of Detroiters complete their Census by mail, and that number has dropped severely during this pandemic. Contacting even three or four neighbors via text or phone call can help increase community response and serve as a reminder on how important the Census is.
“Our Power, Our Census” Virtual Thunderclap at 12:01 p.m.

In lieu of a large in-person thunderclap event, Census organizers are encouraging a virtual thunderclap at 12:01 p.m. to flood digital timelines. Residents are asked to send a text, and tweet or post via Twitter or Facebook a message about the importance of filling out the Census. Messages should include completion of the Census form and use #BeCountedDetroit