Don’t be afraid of the Census! Your answers to Census questions will not hurt you. They will be confidential.
Undocumented? Are you undocumented and concerned about your safety? There is no Census question about citizenship.
Why should you take part in the Census? It’s important that every adult in this country answer the Census questions. For example, your answers could mean that Los Angeles County will receive more money from the Federal government for such things as repaving the roads and providing more school lunches.
How many people live in LA County? The more people who live here, the more money the Federal government will give us for important services.
How does the government learn this number? The Federal government learns the number of people in any city, county and state in the U.S. from peoples’ answers to the questions on the Census questionnaire.
More services for you For example, when the government learns how many people live in Los Angeles County, the government will decide how much money to give our county. This money will be used for more services for you and your family.
More money for low-income people Answers to the Census survey will tell the Federal government how many low-income people live in each city, county, and state. When the government learns this information, they may decide to give more money to fund such programs as WIC, Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and SNAP (CalFresh).
What will happen? What will happen if some LA County residents with low incomes don’t answer the questions? If some don’t answer, the Federal government will give less money for important services that you care about.
3 three ways to take the Census survey You can choose to:
• take the survey online or
• fill out the survey that was mailed to your home or
• answer the questions over the phone
Will a Census taker visit you? A Census taker will visit you at your home only if you do not respond to the questionnaire by internet, phone or mail.
Who is a Census taker? A Census taker is a person like you. The Census taker is being paid to explain the Census to you and to help you answer the Census questions. Census takers are not government officials.
Census—when? Some of the dates have changed because of COVID-19. These are the correct dates:
• March 12–Residents began receiving Census questionnaires by mail. The letter explains that you can give your answers in three ways: online, by phone or by mail.
• March 12 to October 31–This is the time when residents can answer Census questions.
• April 1–By April 1, you received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You need to tell the Census Bureau where you have lived since April 1, 2020 or earlier.
• May 4—Starting May 4, Census takers began dropping off paper Census questionnaires at the doors of many people who don’t receive mail at home. You may have received one of these questionnaires.
• August 11 through October 31—Census takers will come to homes of people who have not completed their Census questionnaires. The Census takers will help these people to fill out the questionnaires.
Your personal information The Census information you give, such as your name and address, will be kept completely private. Your personal information will not be given to government officials or anyone else. This is the law!
Sample questions Here are a few of the questions:
• What was the number of people living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020?
• Is your home owned with or without a mortgage, rented or occupied without rent?
Wonder if you’re eligible for WIC? If you think you may be eligible for WIC, read more here>>