Health Education Council has partnered with the Yolo County Community Foundation to support the 2020 Census outreach efforts in Yolo County to ensure everyone is counted. Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a count of every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories that determines how much federal funding is able to go toward local hospitals, schools, roads, community resources and state representations based on population count. In Yolo County, there was a 70% response rate for the Census and we are working to increase this rate and focus on educating “hard-to-count" populations residing in Yolo County that include; households with limited English proficiency, non-family households, households who have recently moved, households living below 150% of the federal poverty line and low-broadband households. Thanks to the census, Yolo County alone received $60 million in federal funds that go towards local programs and services. For every missed response, $10,000 per person is lost in funding for the next ten years. Therefore, each individual survey response matters and is counted for accordingly and will inform future funds.
How to fill out the census:
- Every household will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau with detailed instructions in March of 2020 (see example)
- You can fill out the census online, over the phone or by mail
- The census is available online in over 12 languages and also over the phone.
- Census day is April 1st and is a reference date used to heavily promote the deadline for people to complete the census.
What will the census ask?
- The census has nine questions and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete per person living in the household asking the following information:
- Date of Birth,
- Phone Number,
- Hispanic Origin,
- Relationship Status,
- Address of residence,
- Number of people living at that address, whether they stay at that address the majority of the time
- See sample survey here
- For questions about who should be counted in the census, please visit https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count
The Census WILL NOT:
- Ask citizenship status
- Social security information
- Ask for a fee
- Does not share any information with ICE, FBI, local law enforcement, or programs where residents may be getting assistance
Updates as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
- The U.S. Census Bureau encourages individuals to fill out the census without leaving home by phone, through the website or by mail.
- Recommendations to practice social distancing will be very difficult for assistance centers or census enumerators and members of congress are suggesting the U.S. Census Bureau to extend collection period past summer 2020 although under federal law, the Census Bureau is required to deliver the latest population counts of each state to the president by Dec. 31, 2020.
- The U.S. Census Bureau is taking precautions with their employees as a result of COVID-19. They are working with California on alternative ways to support census efforts after April 1st (Census Day).
For most up to date information please visit: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases.html