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2020 Census

As a member of Quincy’s Complete Count Committee, QCAP is dedicated to ensuring Quincy community members complete their 2020 Census form.

Complete your 2020 Census today — It’s not too late!

Every 10 years, you have an opportunity to get counted and impact how federal funding is spent in your community. The 2020 Census takes only 10 minutes and is available online, by phone, and by mail. Counting will continue until September 30, 2020. It’s easy, safe, and there are online guides in 59 different languages available. Fill out the 2020 Census today and help QCAP and your community. Email census@qcap.org with any questions.   
 

How do you complete the 2020 Census?

Filling out the 2020 Census is importanteasy, and confidential. Here’s how to participate:

    • Online: Go to https://my2020census.gov/
        • Language support is available in 59 languages
        • You don’t need a 12-digit code to complete the Census online. Click If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”
    • By Phone: Call these toll-free numbers to answer the Census questions in 14 different languages
        • English: 844-330-2020
        • Mandarin: 844-391-2020
        • Cantonese: 844-398-2020
        • See all 14 languages available here
    • By Mail: If you have not responded online you will receive a paper questionnaire with a self-addressed return envelope

What is the 2020 Census?

The U.S. Census counts every person living in the United States. It is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. Participating in the Census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. Every home will receive an invitation to respond to the short 2020 Census questionnaire and can do so either online, by phone, or by mail. Every person in your home must be counted. The Census includes 10 basic questions and is available in 59 languages online, 13 languages over the phone, and in English and Spanish on paper for mail.

The Census provides important data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and community resources — such as QCAP — based on Census data.

The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

When is the 2020 Census happening?

The dates below are provided by the Census Bureau and reflect updates based on the COVID-19 public health emergency.

March 12 – September 30: Self-response phase. During this time, you can complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

July 30: Census Bureau starts door knocking for households that have not completed the 2020 Census in Massachusetts.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, your home should respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the Census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

Is Census data kept private?

Yes, your Census data is kept safe and secure. Census data can only be used for statistical purposes and no personal information is used. By law, your Census data cannot be shared with another government agency, law enforcement, or landlord. It is illegal for Census Bureau employees to disclose personal information about any individual who fills out the Census and no other government agency has access to Census information. There are safeguards in place to protect the privacy of data shared, and there are no questions about citizenship.

Why it matters

A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding for programs like Head Start, Fuel Assistance, Housing, and more. This directly impacts the funding that QCAP will receive. The 2020 Census will help your community get its fair share of federal and state resources.

 

 

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