Areas for Discussion

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

Eligible applicants

Intermediary Structure Consideration

Description

  1. Illinois' Census funding will reach community-based organizations across the state for their front-line outreach efforts.
  2. State of Illinois will be organized into 5-10 different regions, e.g. DHS and DCEO maps
  3. Multiple intermediaries (one or more for each region) will be identified via the NOFO process to:
    1. Directly engage in outreach, education, and survey assistance;
    2. Provide grants/funding to sub-recipients for direct outreach, education, and application assistance
    3. Offer technical assistance and capacity building to sub-recipients and others;
    4. Participate in marketing events; and/or
    5. Coordinate efforts with other intermediaries and established census groups
    6. Advise the State on any additional recommendations to ensure accurate count
    7. Demonstrate fiscal capacity to comply with GATA requirements and manage multiple sub-recipients.
    8. Data collection and analysis
  4. Statewide and/or multi-regional intermediaries may be selected that have HTC-specific expertise
  5. Intermediaries:
    1. Shall be community providers, foundations and other non-profits and local units of government;
    2. Will agree to comply with GATA requirements;
    3. Shall have experience and a successful track record with HTC and broader regional communities;
    4. Preferred to have experience managing contracts with sub-recipients;
    5. Preferred to be able to leverage funding;
    6. Shall have demonstrated cultural and linguistic competence

Rationale

  1. Local organizations know communities and neighborhoods best
  2. Organizations of differing sizes can access funding and capacity build
  3. Efficient deployment of State's resources
  4. Flexible and agile deployment of State's resources
  5. Similar strategy to that of California's administrative organizations
  6. Compliance with GATA

Regional allocations

  1. Financial awards will vary by size/need within regions.
  2. Regional funding allocations strategy will:
    1. Prioritize HTC communities and regions
    2. Strive to reach all corners of the state
    3. Support statewide marketing/public awareness efforts

Measuring success

  1. Organizations will be closely monitored to ensure outreach and engagement efforts begin immediately.
  2. Targets for numbers of individuals to be reached in HTC will be developed from the known baselines for regions and specific populations/communities.

Hard to Count Geographies and Populations in Illinois

Hard to count communities are geographies and populations that have lower response rates than other areas or populations. Maps showing hard to count communities show geographic areas that had a self-response rate of 73% or lower. Hard to count populations include: racial and ethnic minorities, foreign-born individuals, renters, individuals living in homes without a broadband internet subscription, people with disabilities, those living close to or below the poverty line, homeless persons, undocumented immigrants, young mobile persons, LGBTQ persons, people who live in rural areas, children younger than five years old, and elderly persons.

Estimates of Hard to Count Populations in Illinois

% of IL Total Pop Total in Illinois
African American 15.0% 1,933,583
Latino 17.0% 2,191,394
Asian 6.0% 773,433
Native American 1.0% 128,906
Children 6.0% 773,433
Elderly 15.0% 1,933,583
Young Mobile NA NA
Homeless 7.8% 1,000,000
Immigrant 14.0% 1,804,677
LGBTQ 4.3% 554,294
Limited English Proficiency 5.0% 644,528
Undocumented 4.0% 515,622
Low income 14.0% 1,804,677
Low Internet Access 18.0% 2,320,299
Persons with a disability 11.1% 1,430,851
Renters 34.0% 4,382,788
Rural 12.9% 1,657,000
IL Total Population 100% 12,890,552

The percentages do not add up to 100% as one person can have multiple identities.

This chart shows the number of people living a hard to count census tract the listed geographic area. Counties not listed do not have geographically hard to count areas, but will still have at least some hard to count populations. (For example, at minimum every county will have elderly, children under 5 years old, and renters.)

Hard to Count Geographies in Illinois

HTC Pop Total % of IL's Total HTC
Illinois Total 2,012,326 100.0%
Chicago 1,034,376 51.4%
Cook County suburbs 633,584 31.5%
Region 2 174,160 8.7%
  • Winnebago
  • Lake
  • DeKalb
  • Kane
  • DuPage
  • Will
  • Kankakee

19,696

22,057

16,998

37,186

34,452

33,292

10,479

1.0%

1.1%

0.8%

1.8%

1.7%

1.7%

0.5%

Region 3 93,117 4.6%
  • Rock Island
  • Vermilion
  • Champaign
  • McLean
  • Peoria
  • McDonough

6,741

1,987

30,770

24,350

21,091

8,178

0.3%

0.1%

1.5%

1.2%

1.0%

0.4%

Region 4 19,923 0.99%
  • Macon
  • Sangamon

9,336

10,587

0.5%

0.5%

Region 5 52,475 2.61%
  • Madison
  • St. Clair
  • Jefferson
  • Jackson
  • Williamson
  • Alexander
  • Pulaski

4,663

25,128

1,616

11,944

3,742

2,775

2,607

0.2%

1.2%

0.1%

0.6%

0.2%

0.1%

0.1%

This data below is based on the Census 2020 Hard to Count Maps developed by the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research. The regions below refer to IDHS's 5 regions.