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Your Participation in the 2020 Census Helps San Diego Refugees and Asylees

Filed in Event News by on February 25, 2020

Why the Census Is Important to Everyone
Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau administers an official national census» in order to gather and record a count of all individuals residing in all 50 states and five inhabited territories. The results of the spring 2020 census» will determine how the government will distribute $675 billion among US hospitals, paramedics, roads, schools, firefighters, schools, transportation, housing, and childcare during the next 10 years.

Why Your Participation Is Critical to San Diego
Imperial and San Diego counties hold many hard-to-count census regions.» The fuller the San Diego response to the 2020 census, the higher the likely allocation of money into our underfunded region. For every person in San Diego County included in the 2020 census, $1,250 will return to create more opportunities, more services, and more adequate housing for refugees and asylum seekers in our growing immigrant communities. While the 2020 census will not require people to reveal their citizen status», it will highlight ethnic enclaves and expose the possible need for foreign-language expansion to ensure availability of culturally relevant services to all.

How to Participate in Census Collection
The US Census Bureau offers a variety of participant options:

  • online survey, in 13 languages
  • phone survey, in 13 languages and TDD
  • print survey, in English and Spanish
  • community-run assistance center
  • in person, door-to-door survey by an official US Census Bureau staff worker bearing valid identification

The 13 languages include Arabic, Chinese (simplified), English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

How Your Census Data Is Protected
By law, the US Census Bureau protects your confidentiality and restricts anyone from using your data against you in any way.
Typical census questions include the following:

  • Do you rent or own your home?
  • How many people are living or staying in your home on April 1, 2020?
  • What are the sexes of the people living or staying in your home?
  • What are the ages of the people living or staying in your home?
  • What are the races of the people living or staying in your home?
  • Are the people living or staying in your home of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
  • What relationships to you are the people living or staying in your home?

What the Census Never Requires

  • Financial donation
  • Financial information
  • Immigration status
  • Payment
  • Political preferences
  • Social security number identification

Spring 2020 Census Collection Schedule

  1. March 12—announcement postcards will be postal mailed to limited addresses
  2. April 8–16—printed questionnaires will be postal mailed
  3. April 8–16—online and phone surveys will be available
  4. April 20–27—door-to-door staff visits will begin after final reminder postcards are postal mailed

See more 2020 census details.»
Request NSDI staff assistance: info@nilesisters.org

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