A big sigh of relief has come over members of the governor convened Oregon Complete Count Committee (OCCC). In the final hours of the Legislative Session, the Legislature passed the infamous “Christmas tree bill” (HB 5050), which serves as a tool for budget reconciliation and funds additional projects. In the bill, an allocation of $7.5 million was made to the United Way for census outreach. 

OCCC has been working since April to guide the state in ensuring a complete and accurate count is made on the 2020 census. In addition to overall awareness, OCCC is putting a heavy emphasis in their work on hard to count populations. Funding is crucial in getting out the message.

In addition to the $7.5 million state allocation that will be dedicated to the hard to count campaign, OCCC, wi