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Local legislators remind residents to complete census

Local legislators remind residents to complete census Local legislators remind residents to complete census

According to State Reps. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown, and Steve Davisson, R-Salem, 2020 census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.

Door-to-door visits are beginning in some areas across the country to remind residents to complete their 2020 census forms.

Engleman said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.

“By completing the census, Hoosiers are helping their community,” Engleman said. “When we are all counted, we ensure federal funding is properly distributed to Indiana and our corner of the state. This money helps a variety of programs, such as addressing children’s nutrition in school and at home.”

Engleman encourages residents to visit to fill out the census online. Hoosiers can also call 844-330-2020 or mail back the questionnaire sent to households.

Census takers began visiting non-responding households on July 23 to ensure each resident is counted.

Davisson said the census office is still waiting to hear from approximately one-third of the households in Southern Indiana, including the following amount of households by county:

Crawford County, 28%

Floyd County, 27%;

Harrison County, 28%; and

Washington County, 35%.

“The census takes place every decade and provides the federal government with important information that helps serve our community,” Davisson said. “I encourage everyone to take the time to submit the census form, get counted and ensure our area receives the resources it needs.”

Census workers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit households. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

Davisson said everyone is required to fill out the census every 10 years by law, and the information is kept confidential. Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court.

According to Davisson, billions of dollars in federal funding to support education, housing, health and public safety are on the line as this data impacts strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects.

Self-responses are due by Oct. 31.