On the importance of the 2020 cenus

Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all reminded of the importance of the essential services and resources that we lean on from our city, state, and federal governments. To ensure that we receive the adequate resources for our communities for the next 10 years, it is imperative that we complete the 2020 census NOW!

Even celebrities and local elected officials have joined the effort to get counted, including Cardi B, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Lin-Manuel Miranda:

There is a lot of misinformation out there about the census! We encourage you to read the following article which addresses some common myths about the 2020 census, including:

1. The 2020 census form does NOT include a citizenship question.

2. The census does not start (or end) on Census Day, which is April 1.

3. The census does not count only U.S. citizens.

4. The Census Bureau does not keep your individually identifiable data confidential forever. [The information is released 72 years after it is collected.]

5. The 2020 census is not the first online U.S. census.

6. The census is not voluntary, but every person is not required to fill out a census form.

7. The census does not consider "Hispanic or Latino" a race.

8. The census does not ask about your religion, political affiliation, or income.

9. The exact number of dollars in federal funding guided by census data is not known.

10. The census is not the American Community Survey, which is an annual survey conducted in about 1 in 38 households.

As of today, New York State has a self-response rate of 41.7%, which places us at #43 out of 50 states. It is not too late to complete the census! Even if you do not have your census ID, you can still complete it!

Please take some time today to complete the census and tell others about it!

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