What is the Census?
The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted every 10 years. The next census will take place from March through July of 2020. Census data are important to our democracy – these data determine apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at all levels of government. Census data also guide the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding to programs that are crucial to the well-being of families and communities.
Top 10 Census Guided Federal Programs:
- Medicaid • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP) • Medicare • Highway Planning and Construction • Section 8 Housing • Title 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies • National School Lunch Program • Special Education Grants • State Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) • Head Start / Early Head Start
We only get one chance every 10 years at achieving a full count – these data will inform important policy decisions and determine federal funding allocations for a decade.
Although the count will take place in early 2020, we need every person living in Cathedral City to start talking about it now and understand the importance of every adult and child, citizen or non-citizen, living in Cathedral City to be counted. All information submitted remains confidential. Our schools, roads, healthcare, and nutritional programs COUNT on you and your family being COUNTED.
To learn about Census 2020 Jobs, go to: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs