Yes, You Count!

What is the Census count?

The Census count will take place in 2020. The Census occurs every 10 years and the purpose is to count EVERY SINGLE PERSON living in the United States. It doesn’t matter if you are a citizen or not. It doesn’t matter if you have legal status. YOU COUNT!

Why does it matter?

Population data from the Census is used to determine funding for state programs that affect you and issues you care about such as how much affordable housing is built, emergency services like police and fire departments, after school activities and free school lunch programs, MediCare, food stamps and other benefits. Data is also used to determine congressional representation. Hey the Census really matters!

What does this Census business have to do with Tax-Aid?

The Census count will mostly be conducted online this year. That’s a first! That means that most people will not receive a form to complete. We want to help answer questions people have about the Census and to make laptop computers available to complete the questionnaire.

What questions are on the Census?

The questions are about who lives in the household, their ages and ethnicity. Even if someone is living in the household temporarily, they should be counted. It’s better to over count than to under count.

How can Tax-Aid help me?

We will let you use our internet-connected laptops to complete the Census at our tax sites. (click here for a list of Tax-Aid sites. The locations with a “C” have volunteers to help you complete the Census.)

I’m really busy. Why should I complete the Census?

Sorry this is just too important to not participate. If all Californians are not counted California could lose funding. That means there might not be affordable housing built. It could mean that it takes too long for the fire department to come put out a fire. It could mean the free school lunch program at your kid’s school gets cut.

The Census won’t take long to complete. Tax-Aid can help you.

Oh and by the way, if you show us that you completed the Census, we’ll give you a FREE GIFT!

OK so what can I do?

  1. First off, make sure you complete the Census. Look for the postcard you will receive in the mail in March with instructions. Take our pledge to take part.

2. Sign up for text alerts to get a reminder to complete the Census and to find out where to go to complete it. Click on the county where you live:

  1. Spread the word to friends and family about why the Census matters.
  2. Come volunteer with Tax-Aid to help other people complete the Census. We’ll train you! Contact jill@tax-aid.org for more information.

Be part of the process. Even if you can’t or don’t vote. You count.

Be counted in the Census.