Census laptop

An example of a laptop with the census watermark that legitimate U.S. Census Bureau employees will carry with them during address canvassing.

TOPPENISH — An information session at Heritage University on Wednesday will promote local awareness of the importance of the 2020 census and its valuable statistics.

The Yakama-Yakima el Censo Coalition will have the presentation from noon to 1 p.m. in the Patricia Wade Temple Conference Room.

America counts the population and households of the U.S. every 10 years. That provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

People use census data in all kinds of ways. Government officials use the census to ensure public safety, write legislation and plan new schools. Businesses use the information to make decisions, such as where to build factories, offices and stores. Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

The mission of the Yakama-Yakima el Censo Coalition is to ensure historically undercounted communities of color, low income and underserved communities throughout Southcentral Washington are counted in the 2020 census, according to its Facebook page.

Reach Tammy Ayer at tayer@yakimaherald.com or on Facebook.