WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count everyone living in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike, through a national census. The next census will take place on April 1, 2020. The information collected from the census is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads, and offer language access services.
1. Equal Representation
2. Funding for Critical Programs and Service
3. Data to Improve our Community
4. Challenges and Potential Negative Outcomes
HOW THE 2020 CENSUS WILL INVITE EVERYONE TO RESPOND
• Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone
• 95% of households will receive their invitation in the mail
• If you use a PO Box to receive mail, a census taker will drop off your invitation
• Less than 1% of households will be counted in person by a census taker, instead of being invited to respond on their own
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE MAIL
- Most areas of the country are likely to respond online, so most households will receive a letter asking you to go online to complete the census questionnaire
- Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with their invitation. The invitation will also include information about how to respond online or by phone
HOW WILL THE HOMELESS BE COUNTED
- The Census Bureau uses an event called T-Night to count homeless residents, counting people wherever they live – or where they are staying if they don’t have a permanent place to live – on Census Day. They count people at shelters, soup kitchens, and regularly scheduled mobile food vans. They look for an county people staying outside in places such as encampments under bridges or in parking lots. This effort is called “Service-Based Enumeration” and will occur on March, 27, 30, and 31, 2020.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PREPARE?
- The City of Half Moon Bay will be working closely with the County of San Mateo and partnering with local organizations that can serve as trusted messengers
- Hosting outreach events
- Tabling at other events
- Reaching out to Hard-to-Count populations
- Hosting homeless-specific outreach events