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AP finds homeless persons the 2020 census missed

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Las Vegas reporter Michelle Price and Orlando-based Mike Schneider, AP’s resident census expert, followed a straightforward path to reveal flaws in the U.S. Census Bureau’s homeless count: They found the uncounted themselves.

Price literally looked beneath the glitter of Las Vegas, in the tunnels beneath the city, to find people who hadn’t been counted in a city where an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 people are without homes.

And Schneider leaned on his unmatched national network of census sources to show that the problems were widespread. He bolstered the story with reporting on a federal report about flaws in the count — yet another government operation disrupted by the coronavirus — and spoke to an expert who said the problems could make Black and Latinos more likely to be missed in the 2020 count.

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