(Washington, DC) – With only a few weeks left to complete the 2020 Census, Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging every DC resident to get counted today. The 2020 Census is easy, safe, and confidential. Residents are asked to answer 10 simple questions about themselves and everyone who is living with them.
“The September 30 deadline to complete the 2020 Census is quickly approaching, and it is important that every District resident gets counted. We all must do our part to ensure we get the full representation and federal funding we deserve for schools, housing, health care, and other programs that help us thrive,” said Mayor Bowser.
The federal government uses Census data to distribute more than $6 billion annually to the District for vital programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Section Eight Housing Choice Vouchers, Children’s Health Insurance, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance. Census data is also used to update ward and ANC boundaries. Accurate and complete census data will be critical to COVID-19 recovery efforts as well. Knowing who lives in DC and where is important when making budgeting and planning decisions across all District agencies.
The Bowser Administration is committed, through the very end of the census operations, to ensuring a complete count of all residents. For the past year and a half, the DC Census team, comprised of government and community partners, has been engaging with residents in all eight wards. Even with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has turned to new and creative ways to reach residents.
Anyone that has not completed the 2020 Census should self-respond online at 2020census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020 (English) or 1-844-468-2020 (Spanish). Residents can also fill the Census questionnaire when an official US Census taker knocks on your door. Find out if Census takers are in your area by texting “DOOR” to 442020.