What is the Census?
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade, we take a census of the population, and that everyone is counted once, only once, and in the right place. The census occurs once every 10 years.
It is estimated that one uncounted person results in a loss of $2,000 x 10 years or $20,000 in lost funding. We rely on that money to help fund things like the following:
• Title I Grants for Education
• Medicare Part B
• Federal Pell Grant Program
• Fire Management Assistance Grants
• Veteran Care
• Developmental Disabilities Grants
• Head Start Funding
• State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
• Maternal Child Health Block Grants
• Highway Planning and Construction
• Increasing Affordable Housing
• Improving Transportation
• Water Pollution Control
• Wildlife Restoration
• Promoting Business Development
Census data also helps inform community planners about the number of people lining in different areas so they can provide the right amount of emergency services for each area.
Five Facts to Know About the 2020 Census:
1. This “invitation” to respond to the census will not be mailed to anyone who uses a PO Box to receive their mail. Everyone can and should participate in the census on April 1, 2020, even if they do not get an invitation in the mail. The census will be available online at www.census.gov March 15! And can also be completed by mail or telephone.
2. Responses to the census are safe, secure and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against you in any way. Your information cannot be shared with immigration. Census workers take an oath to keep your information secret for 72 years.
3. Lake County loses $20,000 in federal funding for each person not counted. This includes funding for education, health care, and infrastructure. Everyone, even non-citizens should be counted.
4. Only one census per physical location. That means, if you have roommates, you must put them on your census form. And, if you live on the grounds where you work, your employer should count you on their census.
5. California could lose seats in Congress if people aren’t counted.
Census Time Line
• Starting mid-March 2020: Information will be mailed out explaining the various options to complete the census questionnaire: online, by phone, or by a requesting a paper form.
• March 12-20: Households who do not receive their mail at a PO Box will receive an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.
• March 16-24: A reminder letter will be sent.
Households that did not fill out the questionnaire during the self-response period will be contacted by the US Census Bureau.
• March 26-April 3: A reminder postcard will be sent.
• April 8-16: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire will be sent.
• April 20-27: A final reminder postcard before the USCB follows up in person.
NOTE: USCB enumerators may contact households that submit partially filled-out questionnaires in an effort to obtain complete answers.
TIP: Don’t like unannounced visitors, complete the census before the end of April!
Locations for help completing the Census on line (for those without internet service):
• All Public Libraries
• Clearlake & Lakeport City Halls
• Social Services at Anderson Ranch in Lower Lake
• Behavioral Health in Lucerne and Clearlake
• Catholic Charities in Middletown
Address of where to complete the Census on line - www.Census.gov