The Importance of Census 2020
United Way of Broward County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. One of our biggest tools to help continue that fight is to ensure that every person completes the Census. It is more important than many of us realize and is critical in how we receive federal dollars for essential services. Census data is used to distribute more than $15 trillion dollars over a decade for federal and state funding for health and human service programs. This helps local families and individuals in need, including seniors, non-citizens and young people.
Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau counts residents across the country. A correct count is critical for Broward County as Census numbers are used to determine federal representation and funding of programs such as supplemental nutrition assistance (SNAP), Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, Children’s Health Insurance, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP).
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights why it is so necessary that every person is counted in the Census. An accurate count allows public health officials to monitor the spread of communicable diseases and provides funding for vital health services and emergency response planning. Data collected in the 2020 Census will also be essential for identifying the locations in our community with the greatest need for new hospitals and health centers.
This month, households will have received or should receive an invitation from the Census Bureau by mail, between March 12-20. For the first time ever, households will be able to respond online. Those who prefer, can respond by phone or by mail.
An undercount in the 2010 Census cost Broward County approximately $21.1 million per year, $210,970,000 over the last ten years. According to the US Census Bureau, 14,600 residents were not counted. Let’s each do our part and make sure that those we serve have accurate information about how to complete the Census and the importance of doing so.
Use your 12-digit Census ID you received in the mail and visit www.2020census.gov to learn more and to respond on behalf of your household on April 1, 2020.
For more information visit broward.org/Census2020