Burbank Housing Corporation (BHC) has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau and the City of Burbank to inform the community about the 2020 census.
What is the census?
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1, 2020. Responding to the census is a chance to shape your future.
What do I need to know?
- Everyone Counts: The Census counts ALL people who reside in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
- It’s Safe & Private: Under current census laws, your responses are kept confidential and can only be used by the government to produce statistics.
- Dollars for L.A. County Services: A complete count is vital to our County, as Census numbers determine how more than $675 billion federal dollars get spent.
- It’s Your Civic Duty: Completing the Census is part of your civic duty to participate and say “I COUNT!”
Starting in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail letters to every household in the United States inviting them to respond to the Census survey. Every household should receive a letter requesting that they complete a census form online, by mail, or phone by Census Day on April 1, 2020.
- March 12 – 20: The U.S. Census Bureau will mail you an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census
- March 16 – 24: You’ll receive a reminder letter, if you have not responded to the first invitation
- March 26 – April 3: A reminder postcard will be mailed to those who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
- April 1: Census Day
- April 8 – 16: On or between these days, your household will receive a reminder letter and a paper questionnaire.
- April 20 – 27: A final reminder postcard will be sent to your address before an in-person follow up by U.S. Census Bureau Enumerator.
What's in it for me?
Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinic, schools, roads, and more.
Responding also fulfills your civic duty because its mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The United States has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Census data is used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening business, and planning for the future.
What won't be asked?
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, money, or donations, or anything related to political parties.