Census 2020 home visits now underway

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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Don’t be alarmed by unexpected company if you have not completed your census. According to Alabama Counts!, census takers have already begun the process of visiting homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted. These home visits began in May and will continue until July.
In 2020, Alabamians have a tremendous opportunity to positively affect the state’s future for the next 10 years and beyond. How? By taking less than 10 minutes to complete a 2020 Census form.
Despite the world-wide pandemic, the census must go on, and it can safely be completed in one of three ways.
The response can be submitted by:
Complete it online at www.my2020census.gov.
Call the U.S. Census Bureau toll-free 844-330-2020. Telephone assistance is also available in multiple languages: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census/planning-management/memo-series/2020-memo-2019_18.html
Return the paper form included with your invitation letter
Completing the census will help secure a brighter future for all families within communities across the state.
The opportunity to say “I Count” is here and more important than ever. Data from the census affects everyone. Everyone has something to gain from a full census count.
Funding to Alabama for many important programs that affect health care, education, housing assistance, infrastructure development and more is tied in some form to census data. An accurate count will ensure that the state receives its fair share of funding for these important programs. A recent study by George Washington University indicates that the U.S. government returned almost $1,600 to the state in 2015 for every Alabamian counted in the census.
George Washington University also indicated that a total of more than $13 billion was allocated to Alabama in 2016 from 55 programs that are guided in some part by data derived from the census. All of us either depend on the assistance provided through these programs or know someone who does.
Because of this, it is more important than ever that residents in Escambia County participate in the census.
During the period of March 12-20, 2020, each Alabama household received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions for how to complete the census.
According to Alabama Counts!, the questions are easy to answer and focus on the number of persons living or staying in a household and the basic demographic information about those persons. The census can be completed by mail, phone, or online.
If not completed, the Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts in Dec. to the President and Congress as required by law.

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