Complete the 2020 Census
What is the Census?
The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in the United States mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the Census Bureau every 10 years. Beginning March 12, 2020, every household across the United States will receive an invitation asking them to respond to the census.
Why Does the Census Matter?
The decennial effort to count everyone, regardless of age, race, sex, and immigration status, will have a significant impact on our communities, including Latina/o/x small business owners, renters, and homeowners.
The census will impact everyone living in the United States. At the federal level, census data will be used to:
- Reapportion seats in the House of Representatives;
- Redraw congressional and legislative districts based on population shifts; and
- Determine how to allocate federal dollars supporting state and local community programs across the country, such as Medicaid, SNAP, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, and Federal Pell Grants.
When Does the 2020 Census Start?
Starting March 12, 2020, every household across the country can complete the census online and in multiple languages, including Spanish.
How Can People Respond?
- Online: Every household can complete the census online. Any residents in the DMV region who do not have access to a computer can visit LEDC’s offices in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to complete the census online.
- Phone: Households can also respond to the census by phone by calling 844-330-2020 with their unique ID or household address.
- Paper: If you would like to receive a hard copy, you can contact the Census Bureau to request a paper questionnaire.
How Does the Census Impact Small Businesses?
Participating in the 2020 Census can be critical to running a successful business. Census data can help businesses figure out where to open up shop, identify new customers and competitors, and more!
Some of the other ways small business owners can benefit from completing the census include:
- It ensures you have a member of congress fighting for you on bills that deal with tax reform, healthcare, and labor laws - all critical to running profitable businesses.
- Census statistics determine how Congress invests billions of dollars annually for critical public services, which in return generate opportunities for private sector businesses, including mom-and-pop shops.
- Census data is used by state and local governments to regulate businesses through tax codes, employment and labor laws, environmental regulations, licensing and permits, and insurance.
How Does the Census Impact Homeowners?
Census data is essential to homeowners. Participation in the census can help the Census Bureau gather data that will help identify opportunities to improve our tax laws, zoning policies, and more.
The census can also:
- Help potential homeowners research demographic information based on census data;
- Census data is used by developers/the private sector to determine where to build new homes, forecast the housing industry’s growth, identify housing trends, and more;
- Forecast future transportation and housing needs for all segments of the population; and
- The government will allocate funding to neighborhood communities that need it. This could go towards building new roads, building more attractive sites, known to increase the value of homes.
How Does the Census Impact Tenants and Rental Housing?
Renters are traditionally undercounted in the census. The data gathered from the census will determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed each year, including to rental housing assistance programs. In 2016 alone, the District received over $350 million in federal funding to support programs such as the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
It is critical that tenants get counted beginning March 12.
Did you know census data:
- Impacts the number of federal dollars allocated to rental housing programs such as Section 8 housing assistance, public housing, and low-income housing tax credits, which provide rental assistance to families.
Frequently asked questions:
Is my participation required?
Will they ask about my citizenship status?
Will they keep my information confidential?
Will they share my information?
Will they ask for my social security number?
Will they ask for my political party affiliation?
Will they ask for money or donations?
Will they ask for my bank or credit card information?