CENSUS 2020 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Some members of our community might have concerns about filling out the Census. We answer many of the questions we hear most frequently.

Your information is private and is protected under law of title 13 by the U.S. if your
information was shared you could sue that person or organization. If this law is
violated, there are penalties such as 5-7 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Census is asking this question for statistical purposes regarding home ownership and rental rates in the U.S. and helps serve as an indicator of planning and administering housing programs for the community.

Housing Programs that Receive Census Funding:

Department of Housing and Urban
Development
up-to-date information about the quality and cost of housing in the United States and major metropolitan areas
Market Absorption of New Multifamily Unitsprovide information on amenities, rent/sales price levels, number of units, type of building, and the number of units taken off the market.
Rental Housing Financefocuses on the financing of rental housing properties, with emphasis on new mortgages, refinanced mortgages, or similar agreements of trust or land contracts between a tenant and owner.

: The Census Bureau just wants to ensure that they count each person ONCE, in the
correct home. For instance, if parents are separated or divorced and both have custody
of the child, the child should count at the house where they attend school..

This is also part of ensuring where each person lives on or before April 1 in order to
give funding to the communities; this also ensures that the Census Bureau counts the
entire U.S. population.

The Census is asking this question in case the Census Bureau needs to contact you for
any reason about the form. The Census could contact you to confirm address
information, or ask follow-up questions about your responses.

The Census asks this question to know the dierent age groups that are in the
community. This data helps to fund government programs for a specific age group for
either children or older adults. Helps with government programs that benefit specific
age groups in the community. By knowing the dierent age groups it helps enforce laws
and regulations in communities.

These responses help create statistics about this ethnic group. This question will also
help with ensuring laws are followed! This helps federal agencies make sure
anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts
are followed. It’s important to show our strength in numbers and make ourselves
count!

Your answer to this question should be based on how you identify. Each person can
decide how to answer. If there is a race that you identify with that is not on the list, you
can write it on the “other” portion.

: No there will not be any Citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The census is a
count of everyone who lives in the U.S. regardless of immigration status.

Depending if you moved or filled out the Census before April 1st then fill out a new
Census form for your household. But if you moved after April 1st you would not fill out
another questionnaire.

Website: my2020census.gov
By Phone:

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English (Puerto Rico Residents)(844) 418-2020
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