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Filling out 2020 Census crucial to families and community

Rex Robinson | 3/25/2020, 8:56 p.m.
Households across the country are receiving important U.S. Census Bureau reminders with important detailed information about how to respond to ...

Households across the country are receiving important U.S. Census Bureau reminders with important detailed information about how to respond to the 2020 Census.

The plan is to include everyone you expect to live in your home on April 1. Heads of households can respond online in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more, according to the census bureau’s website 2020census.gov. People can respond online, by phone or by mail.

Accurate census numbers are essential in determining many important things that impact all citizens, which of course includes all residents of Will County.

Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.

The Census is mandate by the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Here are some important facts about the Census from the Census Bureau’s website and why the count is important.

“The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

“Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems. Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.”

Census also data helps communities respond to natural disasters and secure funding for hospitals and fire departments.

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of the nation — who we are, where we live, and much more, according to the Website.

Here are some more important aspects about the Census from the Census Bureau’s website:

“The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

“Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.”