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Letters to the Editor The 2020 Census and why it matters

The 2020 Census and why it matters

Dear Editor:

This letter regards Congressman Ro Khanna’s Milpitas Townhall on the 2020 Census, a public event that I was invited to and attended. The panelists were from the Federal and Santa Clara County Census offices and were joined by representatives from Community-Based Organizations. The workshop was very informative and timely. Here are personal excerpts from the panel discussions and material handouts…

 

How do you take the Census? 

The Census asks 9 questions including name, birthday, sex, and race. There are three ways to respond – online, phone, and mail.

 

Who needs to be counted? 

Anyone living in the United States regardless of citizenship, residency status, language, culture, and more. Anyone and everyone must be counted!

Note:  The Department of Commerce proposed to include citizenship status on the Census. Last April, 2019, the Supreme Court ruled against this.

 

 Where do you take the Census?

Anywhere using the internet on your smartphone

At Questionnaire Assisted Centers located at your local libraries, churches, community events, shelters, food pantry, soup kitchens, homeless encampments, kiosks at shopping centers, and any community-based organizations.

 

When can you take the Census?

Starting March 12, 2020. It will take 10 minutes.

 

Confidentiality?

The Census information is protected by law. No government agency can access your Census response – not law enforcement, ICE, or cities.

 

Why participate in the Census?

Every person counted on the Census means funding for our community schools, healthcare, transportation, affordable housing, first responders, and more.

The statistics are used to determine our state’s representation in Congress and to inform the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funding annually.

 

The Census information is important in:

 

  1. Affordable Housing Count

Counting everyone will help demonstrate our housing shortage and win funding to fix it.

 

  1. Stronger School Count

A full count will help fund our schools and improve programs for our students.

 

  1. Better Health Care Counts

A complete count will help improve the health care services we need.

 

  1. Safer Neighborhood Count

An accurate count will help first responders plan for emergencies and secure the funding to face them.

 

April 1, 2020 is Census Day!

 

Every household will receive an invitation to participate in Census 2020.

 

Office of the Census

408-678-1399

sccgov.org/census

 

Evelyn Chua

Milpitas Resident

 

Evelyn Chua
Evelyn Chua
Evelyn Chua and husband, Conrad, have been residents of Milpitas for 30 years. Her daughter, Welyn, and son-in-law, An, are graduates of Milpitas High School. Evelyn has two granddaughters. One loves horseback riding while the other is passionate about dancing. A former Citizen of the Year, Evelyn has served many years on city commissions including planning, community advisory, and emergency preparedness. She has chaired numerous task forces and recently led the Water Advisory Task Force. Evelyn loves dance exercises at the Milpitas Sport Center and participates regularly at Zumba and U-Jam classes. She’s a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club and the Peaceful Poets, both of which are based in Milpitas.

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