Magazine, The Immigrant Experience
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, participation in the 2020 Census count is more imperative than ever. With billions of dollars on the line to support communities over the next 10 years, getting an accurate count can make a world of difference.
Immigrant families with members of mixed status could rest easy knowing that the information collected by the Census is completely confidential and your information will not be shared with any other government agency. That means that every member living under your roof needs to be included on the Census form.
Remember, the Census numbers are the determining factor in how Federal funds are distributed to communities for hospitals, schools, roads, public works and other vital programs. The only way to ensure the community receives its fair share is by making sure everyone is counted.
Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic are precisely why the government needs accurate Census data. Communities across the spectrum are reminded of the outstanding responsibility to families and individuals to maintain a strong foundation for generations to come, and the population data collected this year will be pertinent during our recovery from this public health crisis.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, the Census Bureau has extended the self-response period through Aug. 14. With only nine questions, the process from beginning to end takes less than 10 minutes to complete. For more information, see the flyers below, visit to the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/ or over the phone in English by dialing (844) 330-2020 or in Spanish at (844) 468-2020.
Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr.