BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Estimated population figures from the U.S. Census show Baltimore’s count dips below 600,000 residents for the first time in more than a century.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said the Baltimore Census Complete Count Committee met virtually Thursday morning to strategize on how to make sure every Baltimore resident is counted.READ MORE: Security Camera Video Shows Chaotic Scene, Quick Police Response After West Baltimore Mass Shooting
“I have made boosting Baltimore’s completion rate for the 2020 Census a top priority for my administration. We can’t afford to undercount our population,” the mayor said in a statement.
He noted how federal funding tied to Census numbers help feed vulnerable children and seniors across the city.READ MORE: Leaders Call Fells Point Violence 'Tragic & Unacceptable,' Police Urging People To Speak Up
“We know that every dollar is needed and that we’ll only get our fair share with a complete Census count,” he said.
Mayor Young said to increase the census’ reach, they will be doing outreach on social media, phone banking, and texting by certain trusted messengers.MORE NEWS: Maryland Offices, Schools Announce Closures Friday In Observance Of Juneteenth
They are also planning to distribute census information at meal sites around Baltimore.