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.
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