How can I respond to the Census?
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. For the first time ever, this Census will accept online and phone responses, but you can still respond by mail if you prefer. Beginning in March, the public can begin responding to the 2020 Census online at www.2020census.gov. Then from June through July, census takers will go door to door to count people who have not have responded yet.
What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census is the nation’s official process of counting how many people live in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct the Census this year. This nationwide count occurs once every 10 years and it is mandated by the Constitution.
Why does the Census matter to Homestead?
The Census matters because it will determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed all across America to cities just like Homestead. The funds that the City of Homestead receives from the federal government as a result of this process can go toward public services and infrastructure projects that are crucial to our growing city. The Census affects funding to not only cities but also to hospitals, fire departments, schools and many other local programs and services. The Census even determines how many seats Florida will have in the United States House of Representatives as well as how congressional and state legislative districts are drawn. Check out the 2020 U.S. Census video below!
Who needs to respond to the Census?
The 2020 Census intends to count each person living in the United States and in the five U.S. territories once and only once. Anyone and everyone who currently lives and sleeps in your home most of the time should be counted, even if they are only there temporarily.
Take a look at the 2020 Census page on Who To Count if you’re unsure on whether you should count someone in your home. Scroll all the way down the page to learn about special circumstances. Test your knowledge by taking the interactive quiz on who to count on your Census form.
How do I identify a Census Bureau employee?
Census takers are Census Bureau employees and will always provide proof that they are official government personnel. If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, you may verify the person is a Census representative in the following ways:
- The census taker or field representative will present an ID badge that includes:
- their name,
- their photograph,
- a Department of Commerce watermark, and
- an expiration date
- They will have an official bag and Census Bureau-issued electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone, bearing the Census Bureau logo
- Census takers and field representatives will conduct their work between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM, local time
What about frauds and scams?
The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.
Please click here to see information about protecting yourself from fraud and scams. The best way to avoid being visited at home by a census taker is to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Census Bureau field representatives report to one of six Regional Offices across the country. If you wish to independently confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau field representative conducting a household survey, please call the Atlanta Regional Office for verification at 1-800-424-6974. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Eastern Daylight Time.
What about my privacy?
Your information that you provide to a Census Bureau employee is confidential and secure. Strict federal law protects your Census responses. It is illegal for a census taker to publish any information that identifies an individual or a business. Census Bureau representatives take a lifelong pledge to always handle your confidential data responsibly, and they must keep your information private or be subject to penalties for wrongful disclosure that include harsh fines and/or imprisonment.
The Census Bureau reminds respondents that security is a top priority, and that technology to protect your data is designed to defend against and to contain cyberthreats.
Please note that the Census Bureau emphasizes that no law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives.
How can I become a census taker?
The Census Bureau is actively recruiting people to become census takers for the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is looking to fill temporary positions for the 2020 Census that offer flexible hours and an opportunity to play a role in the historic occasion of counting the nation’s population.
For more information on becoming a census taker for the 2020 Census, click here.
To apply to become a census taker, click here.
Homestead is counting on you!
The City of Homestead encourages all residents to respond to the 2020 Census. Let’s take advantage of this rare opportunity and ensure the community gets the maximum amount of resources possible. Get informed and be ready. Remember, your participation counts!