BAYONNE, NJ - Vanesa Estrada, a member of the Hudson County Census Outreach Team, sat at the table at the Bayonne Farmers’ Market, trying to get people to realize how important it is to be counted this year.
With a table full of flyers, buttons and t-shirts to give away, Estrada’s role is to get people to respond to the census – a problem during a year when COVID-19 has many people locked down at home and out of work.
While she and her colleagues began spreading out across the county as soon as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted it was her first visit to the weekly event, she said. As of Monday Hudson County’s self-response rate stands at just 58.8 percent, ten points below the state’s rate.
After pausing to speak with a few people in Spanish Estrada shared that immigrants remain hard to count. “Many of them don’t have papers and they’re afraid,” Estrada said. “I try to reassure them.”
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