Make sure our families & neighbors are filling out the census!
What is the Census?
The census is a snapshot of who we are as a country and is foundational to our democracy. It is a survey required by the U.S. Constitution that counts every person living in the U.S. – all ages, gender identity, races, and ethnic groups; all citizens and non-citizens. The 2020 Census will happen this spring and every household should complete a census form (online, by mail, or phone) and include all people living in the household on April 1, 2020.
According to the George Washington Institute of Public Policy, in 2016 Nevada received $6,219,293,623 from federal programs for financial assistance program because of the 2010 census. Some of those resources include food stamps, government housing vouchers, Medicaid, school lunch programs, and funding for our roads, hospitals and schools. To make sure our communities are being served we must make sure that every single household is counted, regardless of immigration status.
The Census deadline has been moved back from April 1st to August 14th , 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Giving more time for your family and friends to get counted! Don’t wait. If you have the census package fill it out online at https://my2020census.gov/ it’s quick, easy, and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Please note that you cannot save your progress and that you must complete the census in one sitting.
Is there citizenship question?
NO! A Citizenship question WILL NOT be on the census!
Everyone who is living in the household as of April 1st, 2020 should be counted. That means anyone who is living and sleeping in the house most of the time. Even if someone is temporarily staying there that has no usual home anywhere else, they should be counted when you fill out the Census. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census or survey information that identifies an individual or business. The Census Bureau has one of the strongest confidentiality guarantees in the federal government.
The early preparation for the 2020 census has been yet another one of the struggles between Trump and the immigrant community. The Trump administration was adamant about the inclusion of citizenship question in the census. An accurate count of the census means that resources will be distributed to our communities fairly, anything else will result in further under serving black and brown communities.
Make the Road Nevada(MRNV) organized with partners in the community to pressure the courts to remove the question due to the malicious motives. It was not until after the Supreme Court ruled that the question was targeted and must remain off, that the Trump administration decided to drop its efforts on adding the question. Our focus now is on ensuring our community is getting counted in its entirety.
What information is the Census asking?
The Census will ask you for:
- Age, Race, Hispanic Origin, Gender
- Relationship to head of household
- Status as renter or homeowner
- Sample Questions can be found on the census website: https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html
The Census will never ask you for:
- Immigration status
- Your Social Security Number
- Bank or credit card account numbers or information
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
- Does not have anything to do with the proposed coronavirus stimulus
The Census is available in other LANGUAGES:
- English and 12 other languages online and by phone.
- Assistance guides are available in 59 languages.
- March 12-20 | Invitation letter
- Internet First: For 80% of the country’s population, this first mailer will be an invitation to complete the form online and will not receive a paper form. Depending on the area, households may also receive this mail in English and Spanish.
- Internet Choice: For the remaining 20%, this first mailer will include a paper form, though they have the choice to complete it online as well. Depending on the area, this 20% may receive this in English and Spanish.
- March 16-24 | Reminder letter
- March 26 – April 3 | Reminder postcard
- This will only go to households that haven’t responded yet.
- April 8-16 | Reminder letter plus paper questionnaire
- April 20-27 | “It’s not too late” postcard for households that have not completed the form
- May 7th | A census representatives will be knocking on household doors that have not filed out the census