MARCH 12, 2020 – MAKE PORTUGUESE COUNT

How will Portuguese Americans be counted in 2020?​

The constitutional mandate of U.S. Census Bureau is to “count every person living in the United States once and in one place in 2020.”

​Beginning on March 12, 2020, all residents of the United States will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about EACH PERSON living in their household (one questionnaire per household) in the following ways:
online on your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device at www.my2020census.gov; Phone at 844-330-2020 (for English) or 844-474-2020 (for Portuguese)

The impact of an accurate census count for the communities where Portuguese Americans live is significant for several reasons: communities can receive their fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs; business make decisions on where to build factories, offices and stores, thereby creating jobs; developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods; local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness; the boundaries and number of congressional districts are determined for each state.

​By April 8th, if you have not responded online or by phone, then: you will receive a reminder AND a paper questionnaire in the mail to fill out and mail back.​

By the end of April, if you have not responded online, by phone or by mail: an official Census Taker will come to your door to interview you in person up to 12 times until July 31st.

 

Published on 10 March, 2020