The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the 2020 Census, as it is constitutionally mandated to occur every ten years. The data that they will collect this year will determine funding and services for programs and services like Medicare, Medicaid, health services, food assistance programs, housing assistance programs, programs for children and schools, non-profits, lawmakers, small business owners, etc. It also determines the number of seats in the House of Representatives along with our number of electoral votes.
Each person not counted could mean a loss of up to $1800 per year. That is up to $1800 per person, multiplied by 10 years and then multiplied by the number of people who are not counted. For every 52,000 people who are not counted, Michigan could potentially lose roughly one billion dollars in funding. This is why it is so important that everyone in Michigan gets counted in this year’s census. This year may be a challenge due to the 2020 Census being offered primarily online, which is why Michigan is leading the effort to ensure a fair and accurate count.
From the comfort of your own home, you can respond to the census in three different ways. You can fill out the census survey online by visiting my2020census.gov. You can utilize the phone option by calling 844-330-2020 and there will be a representative to walk you through the questions. Alternatively, you can respond through the mail by filling out the paper copy that has been mailed to your home. If you have not responded by June, a Census Bureau representative will most likely visit your home. Please be sure to count every person in your house who spends most of their time there.
Senior Services was hosting several census events at our centers from April through July. These events will be rescheduled when the centers reopen. The census has extended their deadline to August 14, 2020. We will do our best to provide you with resources to take it when we reopen. Please stay tuned for details about these events in the upcoming weeks.
If you do not have technology to fill out your survey, call Abi Bridge, Census Coordinator at 989-633-3772 for information on assistance.
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