Saturday, August 08, 2020

A census worker may knock on your door
Beginning Monday, August 10, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin sending census takers to visit homes in the Lakeway area who have not yet responded to the census. This is an important activity because the number of people counted in each community determines how much federal funding is received to support public safety, education, healthcare, roads and much more for the next ten years. If a census taker comes to your door, the person will be wearing a mask and will stay at least six feet away from your door after knocking or ringing the bell. They will present a government-issued photo I.D. so you can verify that they are a census worker. You are welcome to ask them for a second photo I.D. as well. They will also be carrying a bag with the census logo and a data collection device such as a cell phone or tablet with the census bureau logo on it. If you would like to further verify that the person is a census taker, you can call the Philadelphia Regional Census Center at 267-780-2600 and provide the name of the person visiting you. The census taker will only ask for the name of the householder, whether they are renting or purchasing/own the home, a contact phone number, the last four digits of the householder's social security number (never the full number), and the name, birthdate, race, and relationship to the householder for each person living in the home. They will also ask whether this is the person's primary residence. The interview should take 5-10 minutes. Everything you say to a census taker is confidential under federal law and cannot be shared with anyone, including any government agency. Census responses can never be used against you in any way. If you would like to avoid answering these questions on your porch, you can self-respond to the census on your own, online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or mail back the completed paper questionnaire if you received one. The U.S. Census Bureau has announced plans that will include the hiring of more employees to accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by the deadline of December 31. To date, 93 million households, nearly 63 percent of all households in the Nation, have responded to the 2020 Census. Building on our successful and innovative internet response option, the dedicated women and men of the Census Bureau, including our temporary workforce deploying in communities across the country in upcoming weeks, will work diligently to achieve an accurate count. Heads of households who have not yet responded, should be encouraged to do so today online at 2020census.gov, over the phone, or by mail.


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