Flynn gets $6,000 grant for census outreach in Lackawanna County

SCRANTON, March 19 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced a $6,000 grant was awarded to the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Center to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 U.S. Census.

“We need this grant funding to increase the census in our hard-to-count communities and help to achieve a complete count because everyone should be counted,” Flynn said.

Flynn said when people respond to the census, they are helping their local area get its fair share of more than $675 billion per year in federal funds so it can be used for local schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

The 2020 Census will determine each state’s Congressional representation and be used to draw both Congressional and state legislative districts.

Flynn stressed that once people receive the census form in the mail, they should complete it and send it in or fill it out online at www.pa.gov/census/.

“The results of the count will also inform us how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs,” Flynn said.

The Census 2020 outreach grant program focuses on supporting efforts that target hard-to-count populations including, but not limited to, those who do not speak English as their primary language; ethnic minority, immigrant, and rural communities; children; the elderly; the LGBTQ population; and people experiencing homelessness.

For more information on the census, visit the website www.pa.gov/census/.