July 31, 2019

Study: Most states are prepping for 2020 census, not Florida

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Mitch Perry of the Florida Phoenix writes:

"Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it clear that he doesn’t have any desire to devote state resources to capture an accurate count in Florida for the 2020 U.S. Census. Now, a new report reveals that the Sunshine State is in the minority of states taking such a hands-off approach.

Florida is one of only 13 states that hasn’t taken any action towards creating a 'complete count committee,' according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.


'Census results help determine how federal dollars are divvied up among states for things like SNAP food assistance and highway planning and construction,' said Sadaf Knight, CEO of the nonpartisan Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. 'We are concerned that Florida lawmakers have not taken steps to establish and fund complete count committees, especially given the state Demographic Estimating Conference forecast that Florida will gain about 330,000 people each year through April 2024.'"


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