A lot can change in 10 years -- your neighborhood might look a lot different, maybe you have some new family members living at your house. The Census 2020 is coming up in March, and it’s all about counting everyone who is living in the United States, whether they are a citizen or not. All people living here, building and contributing to our communities, need to be counted.
The Census is a survey of our country and helps us understand how many people live here. It’s mandated by the constitution. The Census allows the federal government to know what neighborhoods are growing and the needs they have, and determines how more than $800 billion in federal funds for public services and infrastructure needs are distributed.
The Census count is also used to determine accurate congressional representation for each community. It is used to determine local government boundary lines and school districts. An accurate count allows for our community to be accurately represented and our voices heard.
Alameda County is home to many historically undercounted communities, which has led to
underrepresentation of our count and our true diversity. An accurate count can lead to more schools, parks and more jobs and health care for our community, and more services like natural disaster recovery, affordable housing, and highway repair.
The Census asks where you live and about who lives in your household. It will ask you questions about how many people live in your house, and their age, race and relationship. Everyone living in the house needs to be counted. Think about who you live with: yes, even the baby, grandma, roommate, tenant or cousin living in the backhouse needs to be counted.
The Census won’t ask you to share any sensitive information, like your social security number or immigration status. The information that you supply for the Census is completely confidential and can not be shared with law enforcement agency. It is illegal for the Census bureau to release your information.
How do you complete the Census? Starting on March 12, you will start to receive a notice in the mail from the US Census Bureau with instructions on how to complete the Census 2020 online, by phone or on paper. Take the Census at our Hayward 4Cs office to receive support with questionnaire completion and a $5 gift card starting March 12.