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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

2020 Census is Underway: Watch for Your Forms This Month

While you're stuck at home, consider filling out your Census form.

By Jessie Eden

While you're home in the middle of this pandemic, considering filling out your Census!

The 2020 Census is now underway and it is more important than ever to submit your forms online, by phone or by mail. As of Sunday, March 15, five million people have responded to the Census online. There may also be some adjustments to how the Census is done this year due to the coronavirus. 

Forms will be sent to all homes starting in this week but you can respond in a variety of ways.

Why is it important? Your response will help your city and your county qualify for important federal funding for the future.

"Watch for your Census form.  They are being mailed the middle of March.  Please be sure to submit your information as soon as possible," said Newport's community liaison coordinator Bev Holiday. "For every person missed, the city of Newport and Campbell County loses approximately $2,000 per year for the next 10-years for federally funded projects."

You can find more information on how to respond to the 2020 Census here.

How does it work?
According to the Census Bureau, the 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States and its five territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

One person should respond for each home. That person must be at least 15 years old. They should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.

Who is counted?
You should be counted where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020. If you are responding for your home, count everyone who lives and sleeps there most of the time as of April 1, 2020. This includes young children, foster children, roommates, and any family members or friends who are living with you, even temporarily.

Special Circumstances:
If you do not have a permanent residence, live outside the U.S. or have a baby on Census Dat, visit the Census' page "Who To Count" for guidance on how to file this information.

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Timeline:
Although final Census counts are not due until the end of December 2020, there are several important dates over the next few months (assuming things are not postponed due to the coronavirus);

March 30 - April 1:
The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.

April 1:
Census Day is observed nationwide. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

April:
Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.

May - July:
Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

December:
The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

To learn more about the 2020 Census, visit https://2020census.gov/en.html.

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