By now, many of you have received your Census form in the mail. If you haven’t, we got you, because you will also have the opportunity to complete it online or by phone.
The Census website is super accessible – with online and phone instructions available, you can fill out the survey quickly and easily with a little guidance from the site.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – what even is the Census and why is it so important?
The United States Constitution requires an accurate and complete count of the nation’s population, AKA the Census. That information is then used to draw district lines and allocate seats in the US House of Representatives, state legislatures, and local boards. This information determines where more than $800 billion in federal assistance to states, local governments, and families ends up every year; it also guides community decisions affecting schools, housing, health care services, business investments, and more!
A lot is riding on this – from where hospitals and fire stations are built, to who represents our communities in Congress – and unfortunately, the Latino community is still undercounted (and therefore underserved) which means less federal dollars for the resources we need, and less representation in government.
The Census only takes place every ten years, and is a major way for the Latino community to make our voices heard and get the representation we deserve. With enough public pressure, we were successful at stopping Trump’s racist citizenship question, so everyone can take it without being fearful of disclosing their status.
Have you ever taken the census? Tell us your experience in the comments below!