The Importance of the 2020 Census

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. constitution, the federal government conducts a census to gather data on the number of people living in the United States. This is tremendously important and ensures California families receive the resources they need and deserve.

As the economic impacts of COVID-19 escalate, it is more critical than ever that communities have access to government assistance. The census is used to determine the amount of federal funding states and local communities receive for programs like childcare, medical services, emergency responders, and more. Women are disproportionately reliant on many of these programs because the represent more than half of all Medi-Cal recipients in California, and they are more likely to need support with childcare, as well as assistance from federal reproductive health grants like Title X.

Everyone deserves to be counted. For those who are systematically under-represented – including women, people of color, immigrants, and low-income individuals – it is essential the 2020 census be accurate.

Here’s what you can do to make sure every voice is represented in this year’s census:

  • Fill out your census form! 52% of people in the U.S. have completed the census to date – you can check out how your community is doing here.
  • Join Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Volunteer Census Phone Bank Team. While door-to-door canvass operations have been cancelled due to COVID-19, you can still help reach your neighbors by phone to ensure they are counted.

There is no citizenship question on the census, and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) has compiled FAQs in both English and Spanish. It is safe and easy to participate at home online or by phone.

CWLC encourages you to complete the census so our communities receive the support they urgently need.

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