Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The 2020 Census is still on!

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2020 has thrown us a few surprises, but the 2020 Census is still on. Be counted for your community!
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This information is from the Disability Law Center and Options for Independence.

We support census activities because Utahns with disabilities matter! Be counted, complete your census survey early. It only happens every 10 years, and it has a powerful impact on our lives.

Why participate in the 2020 Census?

A complete and accurate census count is critical for you and your community. The results of the 2020 Census will affect:
·       Federal Funding used to provide daily services, products and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to resources like Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, CHIP, National School Lunch Program, Title I Grants, Special Ed Grants, Pell Grants, Federal Direct Student Loans and more. The amount each state receives is determined through census information.

Every person not counted in the Utah Census is a loss of $1,866 per year resulting in a loss of $18,660 per person over 10 years! 

·       State Government which determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and to draw congressional and state legislative districts. 

·       Local Governments as funding is disbursed to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals. 

·       Businesses as decisions are made where to open new stores, factories, and offices, creating jobs for your community.

·       Nonprofits as census data is used to learn where and how to best serve their constituencies. 

When can I respond to the 2020 Census?

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Each household will receive one census with one person being designated as the head of the household. However, information for all residents of the home will be included. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. If you do not respond to this invitation, a census taker will visit your household beginning in mid-May to complete the census in person. 

Is Responding Safe?

The Census Bureau is bound by law to keep your information confidential. Your private data is protected and your answers cannot be used against you. You are kept anonymous.
·      The law ensures that no identifiable information about you, your home, your business, or anyone else in your household may be given to law enforcement, government agencies or courts. 
·      The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. 

What Questions will be on the Census?

·      How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020
·      Whether the home is owned or rented
·      Gender of each person in the household
·      Age of each person in the household
·      Race of each person living in the household
·      About whether a person in the household is of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin
·      Relationship of each person in the household to one central person

The Census Bureau will NEVER ask you for:

·      Your Social Security Number
·      Money or Donations
·      Anything on Behalf of a Political Party
·      Your Bank or Credit Card Account Numbers
·      Your Citizenship Status

Census Accessibility

·      Interpretation services are available as needed in 12 non-English languages with a dedicated phone number. TDD (844) 467-2020.
·      A support person may be used to help fill out the information if needed.

For more information go to or call (301) 763-4636 or (800) 923-8282. Deaf or hard of hearing can call the Federal Relay Service (800) 877-8339. You may also call us, The Disability Law Center at: 800-662-9080.

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