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According to the Census Bureau, more than half of the District is considered a "hard-to-count" community.

Volunteers are fanning out across town to boost participation in those neighborhoods.

Pastor Morris Queen is trying to educate people about the benefits of filling out the Census. He says in the past, people with criminal records feared the form. But this time, he’s trying to change that.

"We’re really getting the word out that this is a confidential effort and that they don’t have to fear that," says Queen.

"Actually, we should be afraid not to sign up because we’re losing so much in funding as a result of it."

Queen says, for every person who doesn’t fill out the census, the city may lose 35 hundred to four thousand dollars per year.

Asma Khalid reports...

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