The U.S. 2020 census will begin in April continuing through July. Representatives of Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley (PPPSGV) said they are planning on doing their part to ensure fairness and accuracy in the count.
Billions of federal dollars are on the line, including funds that are dedicated to health care funding. Accuracy of the census count ensures that all the needed money dispersed from the federal government is sent to where it’s needed.
Almost $800 billion in funds are allocated to federal programs, states, local municipalities and families on a yearly basis.
PPPSGV is one of the organizations at the forefront of conducting census outreach at its Planned Parenthood facilities, sex education workshops and community events.
Handouts containing information concerning the 2020 Census will be available at all PPPSGV health centers along with representatives who are trained and able to answer the public’s questions about the census.
PPPSGV will be ready to begin its efforts to assist the public starting on March 4th. Staff will be available at its health centers to show members of the public sample census forms how to properly fill them out.
Other methods of public outreach will be employed to reach area residents to let them know how important accuracy of the census is and what they have to gain from it. Texting, emails and door to door canvassing will be utilized to help spread the word.
“Everyone living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or housing status, has the right to be counted,” said Sheri Bonner, President and CEO.“PPPSGV is working alongside partners to ensure the 2020 Census accurately represents just how vibrant and diverse the San Gabriel Valley is. The more people who fill out their census form, the better chance we have to get federal funding for resources such as reproductive health care services for decades to come.”
Every ten years a count of everyone who lives within the U.S. is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
Answering the census is a safe process and all answers that are provided are legally protected against being shared with immigration officials, police, employers or landlords.
Postcards sent from the U.S.Census Bureau will have arrived at each home by mid-March. If the residents are unable to respond by the end of April a Census employee will make a personal visit to the location.
Each person counted in the census means more funding will go to your community over the next decade for things like schools, roads, hospitals, and children’s healthcare.
In FY2016, California received $115,133,486,972 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census, including $55,457,936,000 in Medicaid.
PPPSGV will make efforts make sure every person, regardless of income, age, housing, or immigration status is counted to ensure that the 2020 Census is fair and accurate.