Combating the marginalization of API communities begins with making sure that we are counted.
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1. WHO IS THE CENSUS FOR?
The census is for everyone!
2. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE CENSUS IS?
It is a count of the entire population of the country, regardless of economic or migratory status. The Census belongs to all of us! Once every ten years, we conduct the census to determine how many people live in homes, hospitals, assisted living centers, or without a defined home.
3. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The results of the census determine the number of seats for each state in the United States House of Representatives. They also allocate more than 675 billion dollars in federal funds to our communities, which allow for the sustainability and growth of school lunch programs, educational programs, recreation centers, healthcare, and more.
4. IS IT SAFE AND CONFIDENTIAL?
Your answers cannot be used against you, they are only for generating statistics. The data obtained in the census forms are protected by law. Title 13 of the US Code requires that the information of the participants in the census be kept confidential. According to the Census Bureau, the information generated will not be shared with immigration control agencies such as ICE, or law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. It will not be used to determine any eligibility for government benefits.
5. DO ONLY US CITIZENS PARTICIPATE?
NO, the census must be filled in all people living in the US, citizens and non-citizens alike. Remember, the census is for everyone!
6. SHOULD I INCLUDE MY CHILDREN IN THE CENSUS?
Yes, when you complete the census you must include all the children that live in your home. Counting all children, including babies, will ensure fair allocation of resources to hospitals, schools and nutrition programs for your area of residence.
7. WHAT IF THERE ARE SEVERAL FAMILIES LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSE?
You must include all the people who live in your house, including non-family members, and those living in separate areas of your house or apartment, like the basement or a modified or connected room. This obligation is the same for everyone, regardless of relationship or the total number of people.
8. HOW CAN I FILL OUT THE 2020 CENSUS FORM?
The 2020 census may be answered as of April 1, 2020 in three ways:
· By phone: including translation for multiple languages
· By physical mail
A CENSUS worker will visit homes that do not respond in any of the three ways, to collect the information in person. To avoid the home-visit, fill it out early!
9. WHAT QUESTIONS DOES THE CENSUS ASK?
The questionnaire has several pages. The first page contains 4 questions about your household. Before starting, you should be very sure of how many people sleep in your home “most of the time.”
The second page of the questionnaire has 5 questions for the first person. The first person must be the head of the household, who pays the rent or owns the house. Pay special attention to questions 8 and 9.
The next pages are determined by the number of people in your home. A series of seven identical questions corresponds to Person # 2, 3, 4 etc., covering every person listed in the home. Pay special attention to question # 3 which asks about that person's relationship with person # 1.