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August 25, 2020Advocacy Matters

Update on the 2020 Census

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender

August 25, 2020

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Update on the 2020 Census

#AdvocacyMatters has important information to share about the nationwide count of our 2020 Census.

Your participation in the 2020 Census matters. There are billions of federal dollars that get divided up by the government through an allocation. The allocation is dependent on how many people in our communities.

This impacts public transportation, special education, Section 8 housing support, Medical Assistance, SNAP, vocational rehabilitation state grants, block grants for community mental health services, and so much more.

The U.S. Census Bureau will conclude data collection on September 30, 2020. This is one month earlier than originally planned.

On August 23, the Bureau released data on the percentage of housing units who self-responded, who participated in a follow-up response from census takers, and provided the total response by the state. We have a link to that pdf report at

Check out the report and find out how your state is doing in the count.

This is important. If you have not completed the 2020 Census that was mailed to you, you still have time to be counted. If you have not received a knock on the door by a census taker, you still have time to be counted.

The U.S. Census Bureau has an online questionnaire. It takes 10 minutes to complete. We have the link at

#AdvocacyMatters. Be counted as if your life depended on it because it does.