The census is around the corner

The U.S. Census is right around the corner. And every person in our community, and communities across the country, need to be counted.

But Why Does It Matter?

Mandated by our Constitution, the government conducts a census every 10 years to count all residents living in the United States. Every. Single. Person. Counts. Your participation in the census matters because it informs how billions of dollars are allocated to hospitals, schools, affordable housing, and fire and police stations. For every person we miss, our communities will lose $2,000 in federal funding.

Also affected by the census are hundreds of critical services and programs that make a difference in our lives every day, including Firefighter Grants, Head Start, Special Education Grants, Highway Planning and Construction, and Small Business Development Centers.

A Fair and Accurate Count

With so much riding on the census, it’s critical that we have a fair and accurate count. For the 39th District and for diverse districts across the country, it’s especially important for us to reach out to communities that are historically undercounted in the census, like the Hispanic, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Black communities. It’s why the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the count, offers support, and provides information in different languages.

We have to make sure that we do this right, because an inaccurate count can have detrimental consequences for families, students, business owners, and first responders for the next decade.

Important Census Dates:

  • March 12 – 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • March 30 – April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Additional census information:

  • For a guide to completing the 2020 Census, click here.
  • For tips about how to avoid fraud and scams with the census, click here.
  • To verify a Census Bureau Survey, Mailing, or Contact, click here.
  • For more information about the census, click here.

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I am humbled to serve you in Congress.

Take care,

Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.
Member of Congress