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Some Things You Need to Know About the Census

 

 

HOW MOMENCE BENEFITS FROM THE CENSUS

Responding to the census helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy.  Census data impact our daily lives, informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in our community, including healthcare, senior services, jobs, political representation, roads, schools, and businesses.  More than $675 billion in federal funding flows back to states and local communities each year based on census data.

 

HOW THE 2020 CENSUS WILL CONTACT YOU

The first opportunity will be to respond online or by phone.  A letter will be sent to all families with instructions to reply online or by phone.  The online form and phone menu will be available in 13 languages, including English. There will be language guides available in 59 languages other than English.  Some families may receive a letter and a paper response form. The initial letter will arrive between March 12 and 20 and a reminder letter will arrive between March 16

and 24.

Those who have not responded to the initial request will receive a reminder postcard between March 26 and April 3, then a reminder letter with a paper questionnaire between April 8 and 16.

Between April 20 and 27 a final reminder postcard will be sent before census workers begin to

follow up with non-responding households.

It is extremely important that every resident of Momence participate in the 2020 Census.  Every person missed means dollars not available to repair streets, maintain sidewalks and upkeep the infrastructure of our community.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS

Families who do not have computer or internet access can do so at Edward Chipman Public Library, 126 N. Locust St. in Momence. Starting April 1st, Wednesdays from 12- 6 PM and Thursdays from 4- 8 PM four workstations and our staff will be devoted to assisting you with Census 2020.
 

CONFIDENTIALITY IS GUARANTEED IN 2020 CENSUS

By law (Title 13 of the US Code) census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way – not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and not by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to create statistics. 

Your response to the 2020 Census cannot affect your residency in the U.S.  

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.  Your answers can

only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.

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