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Grants Available to Help Cities Ensure U.S. Census Bureau has Accurate Addresses for Your City’s Residents

Participation Now in the Local Update of Census Addresses is Critical for the 2020 Census

March 22, 2018
The next census does not begin until April 1, 2020, but now is the time for cities to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list. 
Funding is available this fiscal year, with additional funding proposed in the FY 2018–19 budget, to support local and state agencies verify the accuracy of the Census Bureau’s address lists. Between now and April, cities need to review and update the Census Bureau’s address list.
What is LUCA
The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) is the only opportunity for tribal, state and local governments to add, correct or delete addresses on the lists and maps used to conduct the census. An accurate and thorough census count is critical to help the federal government distribute more than $400 billion annually for infrastructure, programs and services and also helps communities plan for the future. Census results have an effect on the state’s congressional representation and will also play a role in redrawing state legislative districts.
Additional information about LUCA is available from the Census Bureau.
Grants for Cities
The Department of Finance (DOF) is administering the LUCA incentive fund. Gov. Jerry Brown earlier in March signed AB 105, which provides $7 million in this fiscal year, with 5 percent directed to administrative costs, to support LUCA efforts. Each jurisdiction is eligible for at least $7,500 that applies and participates.
To be eligible to receive funds, local governments must:
  • Register to participate in the LUCA program with the U.S. Census Bureau by Dec. 15, 2017;
  • Participate in the LUCA Program and submit required materials provided to the Census Bureau (materials will be sent out in the first quarter of 2018); and
  • Request incentive funds from DOF after sending in your city’s LUCA response to the Census Bureau. (Instructions will be sent to all jurisdictions that register as a LUCA participant.)
DOF has additional information online about LUCA and the upcoming census.
Governor Brown has proposed a $40.3 million allocation in the FY 2018–19 budget for outreach and other activities related to the 2020 count.
The Public Policy Institute of California has recently released a fact sheet entitled Californians and the 2020 Census.

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