Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The 2020 Census is around the corner. This once in a decade event is critical for Community Action and the families and communities Community Action Agencies serve across the country, and it is essential that all people are counted. The Community Action Partnership is proud to be a part of the Census Counts campaign, working alongside other national organizations to ensure a fair and accurate Census. Explore this page to learn more about the upcoming 2020 Census and access resources you can use to help ensure that your entire community is counted during Census 2020.
What is the 2020 Census?
Once each decade, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every person in the United States. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reallocating congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $800 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
What to Expect
By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. We'll mark Census Day on April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: When completing the census, you'll note where you are living on April 1.
How is Census Data Used?
Census data shapes the future of our communities, and is the basis for apportioning representation and drawing legislative districts school districts, and voting precincts.,. Of specific importance to Community Action, Census Data determines how over $800 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year, for essential programs like CSBG, Head Start, LiHEAP, and SNAP. Additionally, Census data is used informing local level decisions such as housing and business development that impact the health and wealth of our communities.
How do I learn more about the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census is operated by the US Census Bureau. The US Census Burea website includes resources and information about all aspects of the 2020 Census, from how the Census will be conducted, Census hiring plans, to information about how communities can partner with the Census Bureau to ensure everyone is counted. Visit the US Census Bureau Website Here.
NCO will serve as a Census Access Center by providing a space to complete the survey online via an iPad for households that have difficulty with reliable internet access.
Locations, dates and times TBA.