2020 Census Results Will Have Substantial Impact on Affordable Housing Program Allocations for Texas
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau carries out a constitutionally mandated count, or Census, of the nation’s residents. The U.S. population count is used to determine how much funding local communities and states receive for public services, such as the Housing Tax Credit program (HTC), HOME, and CDBG. Stated by CPPP, “billions of dollars in federal aid depends on the accuracy of the Census, including significant support for health care, housing, transportation, food, and more. Being undercounted by even one percent in 2020 could result in a significant loss in federal funding for Texas – at least $300 million a year.” Additionally, the population count determines how many seats each state gets in Congress and state and local officials use the census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.