Hidalgo County Census Coalition
Established by Rio Grande Equal Voice Network, received 3 grants for Census outreach, went into colonias (low-income immigrant communities) to promote the Census, and coordinated with emergency services to provide the U.S. Census Bureau with HTC addresses.
Hidalgo County Self-Response Rates:
The Hidalgo County Census Coalition was established by Rio Grande Equal Voice Network, a group of eight nonprofits focused on immigration and community development in the RGV.
After its establishment, the CCC was sponsored by Hidalgo County and City Mayors. Under leadership of a County Judge, the County provided the CCC with two full-time staff to help with Census outreach.
Equal Voice Network received grants from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation, Texas Counts Pooled Fund, and the Hogg Foundation for their outreach.
A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE) was a nonprofit leader for the coalition’s Census Outreach. Volunteers from the organization were actively working in low-income, hispanic communities in the valley called colonias. Colonias are poor communities that may lack basic necessities, like access to water, roads, and the internet.
Outreach in these HTC communities included hosting Census Car Caravans in colonias, hosting Census loteria games, and distributing Census coloring books and school supplies to families.
The U.S. Census Bureau had difficulty counting residents in colonias because their residences do not have address numbers, and use P.O. Boxes. To tackle this challenge, volunteers informed families about how to update their addresses and find their Census ID number, as well as coordinating with emergency services (9-1-1) to provide the Census Bureau with addresses.
Coalition Census | Facebook Page
Texas Tribune article about their outreach | Link
Lourdes Flores, President of ARISE | firstname.lastname@example.org | 956-783-6959
Ramona Casas, Community Organizer with ARISE | email@example.com | 956-309-9467