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Dist1_NanRich.jpgEvery ten years the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents across the country. A correct count is critical for Broward County as Census numbers are used to determine federal representation and funding of programs such as supplemental nutrition assistance (SNAP), Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Children’s Health Insurance, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP).

As Chair of Broward’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee, I invite you to be part of this very important project. The purpose of the Complete Count Committee is to raise awareness of the importance of Census 2020, aggressively reach out to hard to enumerate groups, and encourage participation in the Census. Six subcommittees have been established as part of the Complete County Committee and each is chaired by a “trusted voice” in the community and a Broward County agency staff liaison.

It is vitally important that influential leaders and residents of our community participate in the work of the Complete Count Committee and subcommittees to accomplish a complete and accurate count. If you are interested, please contact us at Census2020@Broward.org​.​

Commissioner Nan Rich, Chair
Broward County Complete Count Committee​​​​​​​



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Wrong city on your census invitation?

Don't worry.  The address on your census form or advance letter may not list the city name or ZIP code you identify with or are used to seeing on your mail.  This is a result of a cost-saving measure that streamlines how the forms are sorted and delivered to you by the U.S. Postal Service.  It will NOT affect which city, town or block your household's responses will be assigned to when the Census Bureau tabulate census results.


 

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10 Census Facts That Bust Common Myths About The 2020 U.S. Head Count

  1. The 2020 census form does not include a citizenship question
  2. The census does not start on Census Day (April 1)
  3. The census does not count only U.S. citizens
  4. The Census Bureau does not keep your individually identifiable data confidential forever
  5. The 2020 census is not the first online U.S. census
  6. The census is not voluntary, but every person is not required to fill out a census form
  7. The census does not consider "Hispanic or Latino" a race
  8. The census does not ask about your religion, political affiliation or income
  9. The exact number of dollars in federal funding guided by census data is not known
  10. The census is not the American Community Survey
For more information on each of the facts, open the full article...

The US Census Begins

The U.S. Constitution requires a Census every 10 years. The data collected is used for statistical purposes only. Everyone in your household on April 1, 2020 must be counted. Even if you are not a citizen of the U.S., if you are in Broward County you must be counted.

You should receive a postcard in the mail between March 12 – 20, 2020, but if you don’t, you must still respond. There are several ways you can return your Census form – the quickest and easiest way is online! It’s safe and secure.

Why It’s Important

Census data is used to distribute more than $1.5 trillion per year for 10 years in federal and state funding for health and human service programs that help local families and individuals in need, including seniors, non-citizens and young people.

Businesses also depend upon Census data to make decisions about where to locate, hire and invest. And the same data is used to plan school districts, emergency response, and future transportation needs. The Census also determines each state’s number of representatives in Congress for the next 10 years.

It’s Safe to Complete the Census

Don’t be afraid to be counted, even if you are not a citizen of the U.S. No court or law enforcement agency – not even the President of the United States – can access your individual responses. All responses to the Census are safe, secure and confidential, protected by federal law.

Your online responses are safe from hacking and other cyberthreats. The Census Bureau’s cybersecurity program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information

It’s Easy to Respond

The 2020 Census is accessible for everyone. You can respond online (recommended), by phone or by mail. To respond by mail, call the toll-free number to request a paper form to mail back. You can respond online in English or in 12 additional languages. If you are hearing impaired, the Census Bureau has prepared an instructional video in American Sign Language. You can also respond in English by TDD at 844-467-2020.

The best way to avoid a follow-up visit from a census taker at your home is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.


RESOURCES
U.S. Census Bureau Director
U.S. Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham comments on  Broward County’s Complete Count Committee.