Census 2020: Overview and Countdown!

The United States Constitution requires all residents to be counted every 10 years. You can help support our community and bring valuable resources for you and your family by filling out the 2020 Census. It’s safe, quick and easy and there is NO citizenship question.

An accurate count of EVERYONE helps assure that our communities are allocated enough funding for needed programs and services!

Currently the census will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. Census instructions will be available in all languages spoken in Alameda County.

LOCAL PLANNING: Alameda County’s All-In Committee members, Casey Farmer and Alessia Simmonds (with the leadership support of Chairs – Alameda Board of Supervisors Wilma Chan and Nate Miley), began the discussion during one of the monthly meetings in 2018 with additional presentations thereafter preparing us for what was going to involve all hands on deck to ensure a complete count of all people (housed and unhoused, re-entry, immigrants and refugees) in Alameda County. 

BOSS, along with many other agencies, organizations, civic leaders and representatives, libraries, faith based, hospitals/clinics and many more, have been attending various subcommittee meetings for the past year to help strategize and plan for the upcoming 2020 Census.  

We are now in countdown mode! Agencies received grants in varying amounts to do outreach, messaging and to be ambassadors in our communities. BOSS received a $5,000 grant to be used for outreach, to help our constituents understand the importance of the Census and to also help them complete the census on-line, on paper or on the Census app. 

The Census is currently hiring part-time workers to work in their office and/or in the field as enumerators (salary begins $25/hour w/benefits). Some positions are already filled, however the majority of the jobs are to be filled for Spring of 2020 and they’ll be needing lots of workers. They have also initiated a contest for young people to enter by creating a video about the importance of the Census and will get a prize for the ones selected. Stay tuned for more on this!

Earlier this month Supervisor Keith Carson held a meeting in Oakland to discuss the importance of everyone being counted, because it is where funding comes from to help do the work that needs to be done in the communities we serve. For those who go uncounted, that’s $1,000 per year lost to our community – a total of $10,000 for one person for ten years of not being counted. This is about ensuring adequate money for schools, healthcare, children and families, housing, transportation and other types of infrastructure. Supervisor’s Carson concern focused mostly on communities of color; mainly African American communities, where our homeless, elderly, and re-entry are often undercounted.

Everyone COUNTS!

The Census is more about funding than it is about prying. Remember, $10,000 for one person (for ten years) is lost if uncounted.  

March 12 – May 3 2020
United States Census 2020
Every adult, child and baby at your address should take the Census

Dates to remember: 
January – March 2020: Training Workshops
March – July 2020: Census Outreach

FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.acgov.org/census2020