Census 2020: Making Sure Seniors Are Counted

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Everyone Counts! Everyone Wins! And Michigan Is Counting on You!

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Being Counted Counts

Each Michigan resident counted in the census equals an estimated $1,800 in federal funding.


Being Counted Equals Important Services

These federal dollars help fund services like schools, roads and Medicaid.


The Count Decides Funding for the Next Decade

  • The census happens only once every 10 years, so being counted really counts.
  • You will receive your census invitation by April 1, 2020.

Make Michigan Count!

  • Make sure you choose Michigan when completing your census, so federal dollars can stay here.
  • You can respond by phone, by email or online.
  • When you respond, use the unique code associated with your address. If you’re a snowbird (live in another state part-time), make sure you use the code mailed to your Michigan address.

More Census Facts

What is the 2020 Census?

 The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive a request to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

 Why it Matters?

 The census count has consequences we will live with for the next decade, if not longer. This makes the stakes even higher. Michigan stands to lose an estimated $1,800 per person per year in federal support for programs that use census data, for every resident who is not counted. This funding supports essential services including Medicaid, nutrition assistance, highway construction and planning, Title I and Special Education Grants, Foster Care and Child Care Grants, K-12 education, Section 8 Vouchers, and Head Start/Early Start — for which Michigan received more than $14 billion in 2015.

Some examples of how Census data is used:

  • Forecasting future transportation needs and planning for public transportation services
  • Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and the location of other health services
  • Designing facilities for people with disabilities and the elderly
  • Forecasting future housing needs including senior living facilities
  • Funding of adult education programs
  • Allocation of funds for Health and Human Services including Home and Community Based Services (i.e. Home delivered meals and in-home services).

What Will You Be Asked on the Census?

  • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020
  • Whether the home is owned or rented
  • About the sex of each person in your home
  • About the age of each person in your home
  • About the race of each person in your home
  • About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
  • About the relationship of each person in your home

See the sample 2020 Census Questionnaire at https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial/2020/technical-documentation/questionnaires-and-instructions/questionnaires/2020-informational-questionnaire.pdf

How Can You Respond to the Census?

An invitation to participate in the 2020 Census will be sent to your home by April 1, 2020. Your invitation will include a unique Census ID code connected to the address to which it was mailed.  You will have three options for responding:

  • Online (https://my2020census.gov/)
  • By phone: 844-330-2020 available daily,  7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Eastern Time
  • By mail: Beginning in April, paper forms will be mailed to all U.S. households who have not responded

If you spend more than six months each year in Michigan, use the unique Census code sent to your Michigan address or wait until you get home.  If you participate in the Census by phone, use your Michigan address when responding. You can use your Michigan address (Census ID Code mailed to your Michigan address) even if you are at your out-of-state residence when you receive your invitation in March of 2020, or if you are physically located at your out-of-state residence on April 1.

Is Responding to the Census Secure?

Your Census responses are safe, secure and, by law, your responses cannot be used against you in anyway. But watch out for scams! The Census workers will never call you or ask for your Social Security number or bank account information.  They may come to your door but they will be wearing an official Census worker badge with their photograph, a U.S. Depart of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

Watch Out for Scams

Remember, The Census Bureau will not do any of the following:

  • Ask for money or donations
  • Ask for Social Security Number, Medicare Card Number, credit card number, or bank account information
  • Ask for mother’s maiden name or other common security questions
  • Promote a political party
  • Threaten with arrest or jail time
  • Send unsolicited emails
  • Inquire about citizenship status

Make sure communications you receive from the Census Bureau are legitimate. Look for:

  • Identification from people who come to your door: Census Bureau employees will always have a valid photo ID badge with a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date
  • The right return mailing address: The enclosed envelope for mailing the completed paper Census questionnaire will be addressed to either Jeffersonville, IN, or Phoenix, AZ
  • A secure URL: Web address will always include https://, census.gov, and a lock symbol in the browser window

If you suspect a scam or fraud, contact the Michigan Attorney General Consumer Protection Bureau at 517-335-7599 or email cp_email@michigan.gov to report the incident.

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