Census Bureau invites appeals from censuses of dormitories, prisons – Boston News, Weather, Sports

U.S. governments can begin contesting censuses of prisons, dormitories and nursing homes in their jurisdictions if they believe them to be incorrect starting next week, the U.S. Census Bureau said in mailings sent to communities on Tuesday.

The office began sending 40,000 notices to state, local and tribal governments across the US to let them know they have until June 2023 to request a population review of their “group roosts” if they believe that they were undercounted during the 2020 census.

People living in group housing were among the most difficult populations to count during the once-a-decade census of U.S. citizens, which determines how many congressional seats each state receives and how $1.5 billion in federal spending is allocated each year will. The pandemic has hampered the Census Bureau’s ability to obtain information about such residents, as campus students were sent home when the pandemic began in the US in March 2020, and prisons and nursing homes were placed on lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Due to the challenges the pandemic poses to group housing censuses, the Census Bureau established for the first time a one-off operation to verify censuses at dormitories, nursing homes, prisons, military barracks, residential treatment centers and group homes.

The allocation of congressional seats to the states and the dates for redefining the political districts cannot be changed. However, any changes resulting from a review of group roost numbers may be used for future population estimates and surveys that contribute to federal resource allocation.

Group roost verification is separate from another Census Bureau program that allows state, local, and tribal governments to challenge dwelling censuses or limits made because of processing errors.

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