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Census Mailings Arrive March 12-20; Count for your Community

Post Date:03/11/2020

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Census Mailings Arrive March 12-20; Count for your Community

It’s time to count for your community! Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census are arriving in mailboxes March 12-20, and you will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

This once-a-decade survey will count everyone living in the United States! Responses help shape the future of the community and inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country every year for the next 10 years – including in Avondale!

Each uncounted person is a loss of nearly $3,000 per person each year affecting 130+ federal programs including: Medicaid, Head Start, housing and food for low income families, public transportation, college student loans, highway planning and construction, children’s health insurance and public school funding.

Plus, when we know how many people live in our community, it better equips the city, organizations, and businesses to evaluate the services and programs that residents need, and aids in applying for grant money. Responses also affect the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and our city council boundaries for equal representation. Due to our state’s growing population, Arizona is likely to gain a house seat after this Census.

What to Expect

With the option to respond online for the first time in Census history, taking the survey is easier than ever! If you don’t have an internet connection at home, you can respond by phone or head to one of our local libraries and resource center to use the public computers. These are the hours and locations for public use computers in Avondale:

•Sam Garcia Library, 495 E Western Avenue. Monday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday: 1 p.m. – 5pm; Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

•Civic Center Library, 11350 W. Civic Center Dr. Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

•Care1st Avondale Resource Center, 328 W. Western Ave. Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; third Saturdays of the month 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The survey is less than 10 questions, does not inquire about citizenship, and is catered to asking questions about who lives at your address on April 1st (the official Census Day). It takes just 10 minutes to complete the survey, which will provide funding for 10 years of public programs!

After the initial invitation mailing, you will receive up to four census reminder letters through the month of April and then Census takers will visit your home - so respond right away and by April 1st.

Not sure who to count as part of your home? Or do you have specific questions about the Census? Look on the Frequently Asked Questions page to get the answers:

https://icount2020.info/faq/

By law, the federal government cannot release any information collected by the Census that identifies you, your home or your business to anyone, including law enforcement agencies.

EveryONE counts – from newborn babies to seniors; and it takes us ALL to get a complete count. Learn more at iCount2020.info or 2020Census.gov.

 

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