Why you should fill out the census and what it means for your community

With the census invitations beginning to hit mailboxes, you may be wondering what this snapshot of our nation is used for and how it can help our communities. In addition to determining your representation in Congress, census data is also used to direct federal resources to communities throughout America.

Every day, when you wake up and drive to work, you’re driving on roads or riding on public transit systems that were, in part, funded by federal dollars. When you drop off your kids at school, census results have helped determine how money is allocated to their school for the Head Start program, funded school lunch programs, and informed grants that support teachers and special education.

Participating in the 2020 census means helping to shape the future of your community by ensuring. Every year, billions in federal funding is allocated to more than 100 programs like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), emergency services, senior services, veterans programs, and more. By participating in the census, you help ensure that your community receives its fair share of these vital resources.

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