Completed Census forms still needed

There is still a need for everyone to fill out their Census forms and get them in. Every single one filled out and submitted counts and makes a difference for Marion County.

And every town counts. The 2020 Census will have a direct impact on small towns and rural areas across the country for the next 10 years. From disaster planning to small business development, Medicare Part B to highway construction, policymakers use census data to plan and fund many programs that affect rural communities.

It is easy and doesn’t take long at all to fill out.

And if you have children in the home, make sure you count them in the right spot. Here are a few tips from www.2020census.gov.

  •  Count children in the home where they live and sleep most of the time, even if their parents don’t live there.
  • If a child’s time is divided between more than one home, count them where they stay most often. If their time is evenly divided, or you don’t know where they stay most often, count them where they stayed on Census Day—April 1, 2020.
  • If a child’s family (or guardian) is moving during March or April 2020, count them at the address where they were living on April 1, 2020.
  • Count children in your home if they don’t have a permanent place to live and were staying in your home on April 1, 2020, even if they are only staying with you temporarily.
  • Count newborn babies at the home where they will live and sleep most of the time, even if they were still in the hospital on April 1, 2020.

Newborn babies and young children under five are often missed in the census. The 2020 Census helps determine which areas qualify for the critical resources that children and families depend on for the next 10 years—basically, an entire childhood! Examples of resources that could be impacted include food assistance, Head Start, childcare, housing support, public schools, early intervention services for children with special needs, children’s health insurance, and more. Knowing how many children there are and where they live is essential to getting those services and programs to them. That’s why it’s so important that every child be counted, even newborn babies.
There are many reasons why young children can be missed in the census. Young children who are missed in the census tend to live with large, extended families or with multiple families living under one roof. These children may stay in more than one home and may not be related to the person filling out the questionnaire or answering questions from a census worker.
It is important to remember that everyone living in a household, temporarily or permanently, relative or friend, needs to be included in the 2020 Census.
The Census Bureau count people without a permanent residence by taking in-person counts of people living in group quarters, such as college dormitories, military barracks, nursing homes and shelters, as well as those experiencing homelessness or who have been displaced by natural disasters. Children and families without a permanent residence who were staying temporarily with a friend or family on April 1, 2020 should be counted at that address.