Is Your City Participating In LUCA?

Do you know if your City is participating in the 2020 Census LUCA Operation to update address data?  Here are a few things to know:

  • The registration deadline is December 15, 2016.  Even if your jurisdiction is unsure about their participation, you should register with the Census Bureau to give yourself the option later.  Registration for the jurisdiction can only come from the highest elected official – the city mayor or county board of supervisors.  The registration forms have already been sent by the Census Bureau to each jurisdiction.  If you cannot find your registration forms, e-mail the U.S. Census Bureau at geo.2020.luca@census.gov immediately to request another set or go to the 2020 Census page to find PDF versions of the forms.
  • If you want to see if your jurisdiction has already registered, view the map of LUCA participants here.
  • In recognition of the importance of LUCA, the State has established an incentive fund to encourage cities and counties to participate in the program and to help mitigate some of the cost of that participation.  A minimum of $7,500 will be available for each jurisdiction that applies for the incentive and participates in the program.  A complete list of the awards for each city and county in California and the requirements to receive an award are available on the California LUCA web page .
  • A schedule of LUCA Technical Workshops is now online.  This list will be updated weekly so check back often.  These workshops will provide detailed information on what materials will be provided, how the participants will review the Census Bureau address listings, and how to report changes, such as missing or duplicated addresses, to the Census Bureau.  In addition to in-person workshops, several webinars have been scheduled.  To register for a webinar, click on the link in the file.  To register for an in-person workshop, e-mail los.angeles.geography@census.gov or call the main line at 818-267-1724.  Specify the training location and date in the subject line and provide your jurisdiction and who will be attending.
  • The Census Bureau updated the Address Block Count files on October 27, 2017.  If you downloaded the previous files, you may want to download the new versions.

Also know that if your jurisdiction cannot participate or needs help, Los Angeles County would like to help you out.  Contact Durga Niraula at dniraula@isd.lacounty.gov for more information.

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