Complete the 2020 Census online before April 30. It’s never been more important. For every person who goes uncounted on this Census, our community loses $15,000 over the next 10 years.
Many grant dollars our city, school districts, nonprofits and community organizations receive for programs and services are based on the population count. Census data is vital to emergency response, healthcare, police and fire services, roadways, and local business. It’s also how we get Community Development Block Grants that provide social services, and keep our community safe with adequate sidewalks, infrastructure and accessibility.
The Plano Independent School District receives $38 million in funding based on census data. Students benefit from reduced-cost lunches, Head Start and other special programs. If Texas reaches 30 million people in this count, we could gain three seats in Congress. That means our voice will be louder on national issues.
Your response to the 2020 Census is important for you and your family. The questions are easy to answer (how many people live in your home, their relationship with you, ages, gender, race/ethnicity and whether you own or rent your home). The 2020 Census is safe – your information is not shared with any federal, state or local government agency and is kept secure for 72 years.
It is important to realize some people may take advantage of the 2020 Census process to gather your personal information. Here is how to protect yourself from possible scams:
Finally, the best way to protect yourself from Census scams is to fill out your online form as soon as you receive your invitation letters so no Census Takers will come to your home.
This is the first year you can respond to the Census online. If you do not respond by April 30, a census taker will visit your house in May. So avoid the hassle of a Census Taker coming to your home, complete your form online when you receive your invitation letter.