Census 2020

EVERYONE COUNTS IN MARCY-HOLMES!

¡Todos cuentan en Marcy-Holmes! Qof walba ayaa ku xisaabtama Marcy-Holmes! Txhua tus suav hauv Marcy-Holmes!

     

           . . . IT'S NOT TOO LATE -- DON'T LET THEM COUNT YOU OUT

 

Complete your Census 2020 TODAY: my2020census.gov/

 

     Volunteer with the MHNA virtual Census phone bank: Neighbors Calling Neighbors!

The latest response rates show a near 30 percentage-point lag between the hard-to-count east side of our Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, as compared to the west side. Please help us continue to reach out to help ensure we get our fair share of resources and representation.

All you need is a phone and computer to volunteer from home -- training from our State partners included. Click HERE to fill out this quick survey if you are interested in volunteering.  

Help us be ONE Marcy-Holmes and reach out to our undercounted Marcy-Holmes neighbors to let them know EVERYONE COUNTS in Marcy-Holmes!                                                                            

CLICK HERE  to Commit to be Counted and receive important updates

CLICK HERE  to request a Marcy-Holmes Census 2020 yard sign (only a couple left!) or window sign:

CLICK HERE  to see Census 2020 explained by puppies and kittens! 

As we commemorate Juneteenth, consider the importance of preventing another Census undercount in the Black community to secure a fair share of resources and representation:

Consider these facts as reported by the City of Minneapolis: "Results from the 2010 Census reveal that the African American community was undercounted by more than 800,000 . . . Currently, more than 1 in 3 African Americans live in a neighborhood census tract that is categorized as "hard-to-count" . . . When communities aren't counted, the political boundaries may not be an accurate representation of the true population which could mean African American citizens being denied a full voice in policies and decision making processes. Additionally, the needs of their community may not be prioritized, and they may not receive the federal funding that is allocated to states based on population levels."

Check out the NAACP's efforts to ensure that the census collects the most full and accurate data on the African-American community. 


IMPORTANT CENSUS 2020 INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE   

Census 101

Overview from the Census Bureau explaining the impacts of a complete and accurate count and why it's important: handout / video

en español: el comunicadovídeo

Hmoob | Soomaali | Immigrant communities

Find more resources specific to our diversity of communities HERE.

How to fill out the Census:

for College Students

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE:  "College students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are somewhere else on April 1, 2020. This includes students who are displaced because of the COVID-19 situation."

see the Student section below for more details and resources

for Non-U.S. citizens

for "Snowbirds"

for people in healthcare facilities


Updated Census 2020 Timeline

March 12-28, 2020: Invitations to complete the Census will be sent out — 80% of households will receive this invitation to complete the Census online and 20% will receive a physical census form.

CLICK HERE to see what households will receive in the mail.

April 1st was Census Day -- BUT IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO BE COUNTED! In this time of unprecedented challenges and disruption to daily life, don’t forget to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire -- Invest 10 minutes for the next 10 years!

Complete your Census TODAY:  https://my2020census.gov/

March 30-July 31, 2020: For those who have not responded, your household will receive a series of online, mail, or phone reminders to complete the Census, and the Census Bureau will implement Mobile Questionnaire Assistance. 

August 11 - October 31, 2020: For those who have still not responded, your household will receive up to 6 follow-up contacts by census takers by phone and in person.

Click HERE for more details on WHEN, WHY, & HOW to count EVERYONE once, only once, and in the right place.


FOR STUDENTS: 

Live in Marcy-Holmes or other off-campus housing? 

Fill out the Census questionnaire using the address of your "usual residence" - where you are living and sleeping most of the time. ONE Census form shall be completed for all individuals living together in the household. For purposes of the Census, a "household" includes ALL individuals who live together in a residence, whether you are related or unrelated.

Displaced by COVID-19?

Are you a student who has had an unexpected move due to COVID-19?  Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the address that applies when completing the 2020 Census is the address you would have lived in during this spring semester if COVID-19 hadn’t potentially caused you to change your place of residence.

Even if your parents might have counted you at home, you should still complete the Census using your on- or off-campus address to be counted properly, because there is a process in place to "de-duplicate" peole counted twice. 

For specific guidance from the University of Minnesota about how to complete the Census in the wake of COVID-19, please review this Census information for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. 

Off-campus students: also check out the UMN - Off-Campus Living Census 2020 resource page.

International student? Yes, you count in Census 2020! 

The Census is a count of people - not citizens. College students who are foreign citizens living in the United States are counted in the Census. Fill out the Census form for where you are living and sleeping most of the time in off-campus housing. 

Live in a dorm?  

You are covered. You will be counted by university student housing. 


Answers to Common Census Questions and Concerns

What is on the Census anyway?

The Census only asks for basic information (e.g., age, sex, race, etc.) for all people living in the household. It does not ask for sensitive information like social security numbers. Read the Minnesota Census Fact sheet, Why We Ask to learn what is asked on the Census and why.

Why does it MATTER if I am counted?

A complete, fair and accurate Census count drives critical funding, services, and programming at the federal, state and local level. It also impacts how we are represented — an undercount could put Minnesotans at risk for losing our U.S. 8th Congressional District Seat.

Will my private data be protected?

LINK: What about PRIVACY? Who can see my Census data, and how can it be used?

What about CITIZENSHIP?

There is no citizenship question on the census. 

What if I have more than one residence -- where should I be counted in the Census?

Complete the Census at your “usual residence.” Whether you are a student or a “snowbird,” you should complete the Census using the address where you live most of the time. For more questions on this, see the US Census Bureau’s “Residence Criteria and Residence Situations for the 2020 Census of the United States” or email Ryan Redmer, Minnesota 2020 Census Associate, ryan.redmer@state.mn.us.

Do I still have the option to complete the Census another way if I prefer, or if I don't have internet access?

Yes. You can complete the questionnaire online (my2020census.gov), by mail, or over the phone: toll-free 844-468-2020. Learn more.


MORE QUESTIONS?

INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER TO HELP US ACHIEVE A COMPLETE COUNT IN MARCY-HOLMES?

We would love to hear from you! Contact Jessica Focht-Perlberg, MHNA Community Organizer at jessica@marcy-holmes.org to sign up for an upcoming Census 2020 virtual phone bank volunteer shift (training included!) to reach out to your neighbors to make sure they know how important it is for all of us that we are ALL counted! 

Tell your Marcy-Holmes friends and neighbors how to get a rad Census 2020 yard or window sign!

Or get all your Census 2020 questions answered at mn.gov/2020census or by contacting your nearest Census Questionnaire Assistance Center.