Get Counted Now for Census 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau is now undertaking the 2020 Census population count. You can fill out the form online by going to my2020census.gov, via a phone call in English at (844) 330-2020, or by mailing in the Census form sent to your home. To call in using other languages, please click HERE.
The Census questionnaire consists of 10 questions that can be completed in no more than 10 minutes. The information that will be asked includes name, relationship to head of household, gender, age, birthday, Hispanic origin and race, and status as a homeowner or renter. The Census will not ask for your immigration status or social security number. Learn more by watching the Census public service announcement featuring Congress Member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Under federal law, Census data can only be used for statistical purposes. Title 13 of the U.S. Code requires respondent’s information to be kept confidential, and guarantees personal information will not be used against respondents in court or by any government agency.
The census determines how to apportion seats in the House of Representatives among the states and approximately $675 Billion in federal funding. The count will also be used by the State and City to redistrict legislative district lines next year. Funding impacted by the census includes services that CUNY students and others depend on such as PELL grants, food stamps, transportation, student wellness programs and much more. Census data is also used to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, childcare centers, senior centers and other services should be built.
During the last Census in 2010, millions of New Yorkers were not counted, and it resulted in the loss of two congressional seats and millions of dollars in federal funding. The responses to the 2020 census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law, so please get counted!
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(Story published on 3/12/20)