City Lights Mar.

March, 2020

DeSoto City Lights A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department 2020 Census ‐ Everyone Counts! "The 2020 Census is your census, and its success depends on you.  It’s a  once‐in‐a‐decade chance to inform how billions of dollars in funding are  allocated for criƟcal public services like hospitals and health care clinics,  schools and educaƟon programs, roads and bridges, and emergency  response for the next 10 years," explained Census Bureau Director Steven  Dillingham. "Through adverƟsing, public events, partnerships and digital  and tradiƟonal media, we are embarking on a naƟonwide effort to let  everyone in the country know about the upcoming 2020 Census and  encourage them to respond online, by phone or by mail. We are extremely  commiƩed to reaching those people who are historically undercounted. “  DeSoto has a very acƟve 2020 US Census Complete Count CommiƩee and  part of the reason is the dedicated members.  The commiƩee is led by  Councilmember Nicole Raphiel. 

“I can’t begin to stress just how criƟcal it is that every single DeSoto  resident who is eligible to be counted, is counted,” said Councilmember Raphiel   “Much of  DeSoto’s Federal funding is awarded on a per capita basis or for very specific populaƟons such as  children who live at or below the poverty level.  So if we don’t get an accurate count then we won’t  receive the funds that our residents enƟtled to.”  

It can also impact the boundaries of congressional districts based on  populaƟon changes, so failure to properly track our populaƟon can  impact our representaƟon in Washington.  

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitaƟon to parƟcipate  in the 2020 Census.  You will have three opƟons for responding:   Online.   By phone.   By mail.  In mid‐March, households will begin receiving official  Census Bureau mail with detailed informaƟon on how to respond to the 2020 Census.   

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