The whole purpose of the Census is to count our population and households. The data gathered is then used to determine the number of representatives for the House of Representatives and to determine how much funding to apportion to states and counties based on population totals and other statistics. Getting an accurate count is vital to schools, hospitals, transit, the school lunch program, fire departments, and so much more.
Currently, Lake County’s self-response rate, that is folks who have responded on their own, is at 40%. So, what can you do to help our community? You can talk up the census. Let folks who don’t have internet (or who can’t read) know that they can call 1-844-468-2020 and complete the census over the phone. Let folks who don’t get mail delivered to their homes know that they can call or take the census on line at my2020census.gov. While the invitations give a personal ID to use when taking the census, it is not necessary, as some people believe. I completed my questionnaire online without one and had no problem. Everything will be reconciled by address.
You can also be helpful when the census enumerators come around. While the census folks try to hire local individuals to go door-to-door, sometimes the enumerator will not be local. They don’t know the lay of the land as well as locals do. Let them know about that studio apartment above the garage down the street. Why not sign up to be an enumerator? The economy took a hit from the shelter-in-place. If you or someone you know could use a temporary job let them know the census is still hiring and give them the number 800-JOB-2020.
Currently, enumerators are in the field in Lake County leaving door hangers asking for a response. Whether or not you have already responded, everyone will get one to ensure no one is missed. The next step, if a household does not respond, is an enumerator will come out and knock on the door. If you don’t like strangers or don’t want to open your door due to COVID-19, make sure you complete the census.
The enumerators will have a badge and their identity can be verified by calling the same number you call to take the census 844-468-2020.
Help make sure Lake County gets its fair share of the funding.