Census 2020: Have you been counted?

The 10-question survey can be answered online now at www.2020Census.gov.  The U.S. Census Bureau is counting on most households to use this convenient option. You can use a desktop computer, mobile device, or a smart phone.

The Philippine American Foundation for Charities, Inc., alongside its partners at NAKASEC, DC Mayor's Office on APIA Affairs, and the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, is working closely with the FIlipino American community in the Washington D.C Metro Area to get counted in the Census. If you have any questions or would like a Census Workshop brought to your organization, please contact: communications@pafcdc.org.

Please take a moment to watch these video with your family:

Census 2020 PSA (English):

Census 2020 PSA - Tagalog (APIA Vote)

CENSUS BEGINS NOW; Citizenship Question is NOT included While the 2020 census officially begins April 1, each home will receive by mid-March an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire —online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time residents will be able to respond to the census online. If households don’t respond, census workers will go door to door canvassing neighborhoods for information. The census will make four attempts to get the data. This year, the Census bureau is encouraging people to submit their census forms electronically.

No Citizenship question Despite rumors, the census will not include questions about citizenship status. Immigrants who are either permanent residents or undocumented shouldn’t be afraid of participating. The Census Bureau is legally required to keep answers confidential, even from the FBI and other government entities. That means it isn’t allowed to release data identifying an individual.

Census Hotline For information in English or Tagalog, call Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) 2020 Census hotline number  (844) 2020-API or (844) 202-0274. Everyone Counts: Official U.S. Census See official info about the US 2020 Census at 2020census.gov.

Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every person, regardless of citizenship, living in the U.S. through the census. The census is a short questionnaire that asks basic information about your household and the people who live in it. The census is used to decide how to divide $1.5 trillion in federal funding for important services such as healthcare, schools and libraries, public transportation, and welfare benefits. You can still respond online or respond by phone through June 2020. Language assistance is available for some languages. The online questionnaire and telephone assistance are available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. The Census Bureau is also producing language glossaries, language identification cards, and language guides in 59 non-English languages which will be housed at www.2020census.gov. Make sure that you are counted to get your fair share of resources and representation! Census data is critical to our families and to future generations. Census data is used to determine healthcare, transportation, schools, affordable housing, and higher education that your children and future generations need to get a good start and be successful.

  • Data from the census are used to divide over $1.5 trillion dollars of federal funding for important services, like schools, libraries, food stamps, and health care.

  • Data from the census are also used to divide up political representation in Congress, in your state capitol, and in cities and towns across the country

  • A complete count means fair representation for your community.

In 2020, the Census will be available to take online. For the first time, you will be able to complete your census form online. Most households will receive a letter inviting them to respond online, with a unique household ID and the web address of the official Census Bureau website. The internet self-response form is available in 12 non-English languages including Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. 

  • Respond online. The Census Bureau will send you instructions and you will receive an official postcard with your household ID around mid-March 2020. Go to the official census website, enter your household ID, and then answer the questions.

  • Respond by phone. Call the Census Bureau to answer the census by phone and ask questions about the census.

  • Respond via paper questionnaire. If you do not respond to the census online or by phone, the Census Bureau will mail you a paper questionnaire. This option is only available in English or Spanish.

Your data is private. Period. Your personal responses are confidential and protected by law.  Census workers are not only sworn to protect the privacy of your data but also face severe punishments if they breach it.

  • The census will NOT ask about citizenship or immigration status.

  • The Census Bureau is not allowed to share your individual information with other government agencies, immigration officials, or the public. Strong laws protect your response from being shared!

  • Census responses can only be used for statistical purposes.

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