While various factors come into play with regard to Census under-counting, a leading one is census myths. Many people don’t believe that their response will matter, that the census is a scam, or that their information will be abused.
The reality is, your response matters.
The 2020 Census impacts funding decisions for things like infrastructure, health care, education, and more. During this critical time as we are all experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that specific healthcare allocations are made, in order to ensure that Chemung County is provided with the accurate services and necessary supplies.
What do you do? Count everyone in your home on the 2020 Census. That includes babies, young children, foster children, and nonrelatives who live with you. The census will shape the future for communities across the nation for the next ten years.
How can you respond? You can respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail today. Regardless of how you choose to respond, your information will be kept confidential and can only be used to produce statistics.
To respond online: https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html
To respond by phone: 844-330-2020
Thanks to Tanya McGee at the Chemung County Planning Department for the guest post.