The County of Fresno has developed a Strategic Plan to ensure that populations considered least likely to respond to the Census questionnaire are provided accurate information, education and access to locations in Fresno County where the Census questionnaire can be completed. The foundation of this plan is the use of geographic and demographic “hubs” in identified hard to count (HTC) areas. These hubs are described further below. Further strengthening these efforts, the County will use existing resources such as County Library branches, Department of Social Services lobbies, and Public Health lobbies and home visiting to educate residents.
County Census Hubs
Neighborhood Resource Centers (NRC) – NRCs are part of an existing countywide infrastructure of agencies that provide a wide array of services to families in both rural and metro Fresno County. The County is funding NRCs to conduct and/or participate in community/outreach events and disseminate information to stakeholders in their area, such as schools, health care providers, churches, City officials, and businesses.
Geographic and Demographic Hubs – The County is also funding additional organizations to act as geographic hubs in areas not covered by NRCs, and demographic hubs that focus on special populations. Geographic hubs will function similar to NRCs in the provision of Census outreach. The demographic hubs will target a specific population, and assist other community-based organizations or stakeholders in their work with these populations.
All funded hubs will focus on HTC populations and establish a wide framework of Census questionnaire centers and Census questionnaire kiosks, locations where residents can go to ask questions about the Census or to complete the Census.