Every 10 years, people across the country and in California fill out their Census questionnaires in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The Census determines California’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families and ensures our fair share of representation in California and Washington D.C. For each person not counted, communities will lose on average $1,000 per person, per year, for 10 years. While the United States census only comes around once every 10 years, census data plays a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities every day.
Starting in mid-March 2020, households will receive a postcard letting them know it’s time to go online and fill out the questionnaire. If you are unable to contribute through means of a computer, you can also complete the Census over the phone. The Census can be completed by phone in 13 languages including Telecommunication Device for the Deaf. The third option is a paper form, which will be mailed to households who have not yet completed their questionnaire. Be sure you include every person living in your household, family or not, and children of all ages. The information you provide is private, secure, and critically important.
To learn more about the 2020 Census and why it matters, visit CaliforniaCensus.org.