Census

Join the Detroit Census Neighborhood Challenge

Community groups with the highest increase in Census response rates by July 31st can win a $1000 gift card. Registration deadline for block clubs, community groups and organizations is July 9th.

CENSUS AND COVID-19

  • As we work out way through this crisis, one small but very important action everyone can take now, to help our City and its people, is to fill out their 2020 Census.
  • This one action will take most people about 10 minutes, but it will impact our City for the next ten years, especially in the areas of health care, food and emergency services—all the things that are so critical in this crisis.
  • Spread the word! Participation in the census has never been easier. Go online to my2020census.gov or call the toll free number 844-330-2020 or using the paper form.
  • Your personal information is protected by federal law, so on the Census form you must use the address where you actually stay, even if it’s different than the one on your license.
  • Now more than ever, if you live in Detroit Be Counted as a Detroiter!

WHAT DETROIT IS DOING TO ENSURE EVERYONE IS COUNTED

Here’s how we’re working to count every Detroiter:

 

Partnering with Community Organizations

 

We’re partnering with community organizations from every sector of the city. Together we’ll reach out, block by block, to encourage people to sign up as volunteers and to consider paid temporary Census jobs.

 

Reaching Out

 

We’re reaching out to hard-to-count populations. People without internet access, low-income households, people with disabilities, people of color, undocumented immigrants, people who don’t speak English and members of the LGBT community are among the hardest people to count in the Census.

 

Fighting Misinformation

 

We’re fighting misinformation. Under federal law, information you provide to the Census is confidential and cannot be used for anything other than statistical purposes. Your information cannot be shared with other government agencies, private companies, law enforcement, courts or individuals.

WHY THE CENSUS MATTERS

An accurate Census count is crucial for Detroit. It will help ensure not only fair political representation in Washington, D.C., and Lansing, but also how much federal funding is sent to the City and the State of Michigan for all sorts of programs, from Medicare and Medicaid, schools and Head Start to highway planning and construction, and nutrition and housing assistance for low-income families.

Nurses
If you count on HEALTH CARE, BE COUNTED!

Michigan receives $8.3 billion a year in federal funding for Medicaid and Medicare, and Detroit gets $2 billion. An accurate count of Detroit’s population ensures Detroiters get their fair share.

Kids at school
If you count on EDUCATION, BE COUNTED!

The federal government grants more than $1.5 billion to Michigan for schools, Head Start and school lunch programs. Detroit’s fair share depends on an accurate Census count.

Bridge card
If you count on FOOD ASSISTANCE, BE COUNTED!

Michigan receives $2.6 billion a year in food assistance for low-income families from the federal government. An accurate Census count makes sure Detroit gets its fair share of that funding.

Road repairs
If you count on ROADS, BE COUNTED!

Michigan gets over $1 billion dollars for road construction from the federal government, based on the Census count.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We need your help to make sure everyone is counted in Census 2020. Here’s how you can help:

 

Volunteer

  • Host a Census sign up event for people in the neighborhood, at local businesses
  • Volunteer at City sign up events
  • Ask local business to put up poster, cards for customers

Influence

  • Tweet, share, spread the word about the census with family, friends, colleagues
  • Help neighbors w/o computer to sign up online

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