Don’t be afraid of the Census! Your answers to census questions will not hurt you. They will be confidential.
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 would receive more money from the Federal government for such things as repaving the roads and providing more school lunches.
How many people live here? 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. after every adult in every home answers the census questions.
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 Congress learns this information, they may decide to give more money to fund such programs as WIC, Medicaid (Medi-Cal) and SNAP (CalFresh).
3 three ways to take the census survey You can choose to:
• take the survey online or
• ask that the form be mailed to you, then complete it or
• answer the questions over the phone
• March 12 to March 20–Residents will begin receiving Census mail. The letter will explain that you can give your answers in three ways: online, by phone or by mail.
• March 30 to April 1–The Census Bureau will count the number of homeless people.
• April 1–By this date, you will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
• May through July–If you have not responded to the 2020 Census, a census taker will visit your home. Census takers are not government officials. A census taker is a person like you who is being paid to explain the Census to you and help you answer the census questions.
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!
Undocumented? Are you undocumented and concerned about your safety? There will be no census questions about your legal status.
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Sample questions Here are a few of the questions:
• What is 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?
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