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The San Juan Ridge Counts!

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:23 PM by Kristin Snell

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Once each decade, an effort is made to inclusively count all residents of our nation and gather demographic information on our population that informs important decisions for years to come.

Why should you care? Data from the 2020 Census is used in many ways that impact each of our lives. Among them:

¨ Education:  The census helps determine federal funding support to programs such as Head Start, affects special education and after school budgets and allocations for nutritional programs for students

¨ Transportation: $675 billion in federal funds are spent annually on critical transportation infrastructure and census info helps guide decisions on where to put those dollars

¨ Disaster preparedness: Funds to support emergency response are determined in part by census info

¨ Social services: Budgets for programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI),  WIC, CalFresh and CalWORKs are shaped by census data

¨ Representation: According to nevadacountycounts.org, “Our nation’s future prosperity is shaped in part by the accuracy of the data collected by the Census Bureau on the nation’s population, and on its racial, ethnic and national origin groups.  These data help ensure fair and representative reapportionment and redistricting. They guide a wide range of decisions made in the public and private sectors that affect the lives of all Americans.”

As of this writing on June 8th, only 26.3% of residents in the census tract that covers the Ridge have responded to the census.  The self-response phase, originally scheduled to end July 31, will be extended to October 31 due to COVID-19. After that date, enumerators will be sent into the community to visit households who have not responded in person to collect census data. If you wish to avoid that scenario this fall, complete your census! It takes only 10 minutes and can make a big impact in so many ways.

How can you complete the Census? For the first time, the Census form is available to complete online in 13 languages. Visit my2020census.gov  You can also complete the Census via phone by calling 844-330-2020 for English or  844-468-2020 for Spanish (other languages available as well, please see the website for the full list).

For more info, please visit: nevadacountycounts.org

 

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