- If you have not received an invitation to complete the Census, you may still visit https://my2020census.gov/ and click on "Start Questionnaire" to complete the Census online.
- If you did not receive an ID and are completing the Census online, please be sure to click on "If you do not have a Census ID, click here". You can also call 844-330-2020 to complete the Census via phone.
- The Census Bureau has extended the self-response deadline to October 31st. You now have more time to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- The timeline for in-person enumeration has also been pushed back and is currently scheduled to begin on August 11th.
- The Census Bureau has been tasked with obtaining a response to a COVID-19 survey in addition to the Census collection. This survey is not the Census 2020. Completing the COVID-19 survey is very different from completing the Census 2020 form. Please visit www.my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. to complete the Census 2020, or follow the instructions on what was mailed to you.
WHO should participate in the 2020 Census?
Anyone who lives in Habersham County as of April 1, 2020. This includes college students, children under the age of 5 (even newborns!), residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, immigrants, etc. Every single person in our County needs to be counted!
WHAT is the 2020 Census?
The first Census was conducted in 1790 and, since then, a Census has been conducted every 10 years as mandated by The U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2. Results from the Census are reported in statistical formats only, the Census is required by law (more specifically, Title 13 of the U.S. Code) to keep information confidential and never share it with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or other governmental agencies.
Note: The American Community Survey IS NOT the Census.
The Census will never ask for your personal information such as Social Security Numbers, money, donations, or anything related to a political party. You will be asked your age, sex, and the number of people who live in your household.
WHY should YOU participate?
Data from the Census is used to calculate a number of important factors in our community. Namely, representation and funding.
Representation: Population data from the Census determines whether there is a need for redistricting and is used in calculating the number of legislators that speak on Habersham County's behalf in the U.S. House of Representatives. In other words, it ensures that your voice is heard and that you are fairly represented.
Funding: Census data determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds are spent. For example, Census data may be used to influence the distribution of funds for the following: Children's Programs to include the School Lunch Program, Special Education Grants, and Head Start programs; Pell Grants; Housing Assistance Payments Programs; Senior Services to include Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, Federal Medical Assistance Programs like Medicaid, and Medicare Part B Physicians Fee Schedule Services; Disaster Recovery Grants; and more.
Federal and State grant funding was Habersham County's second largest revenue source in FY2019. Therefore, grant funding is crucial to providing the services you use and depend on every day!
To complete the 2020 Census, please visit https://my2020census.gov/ click on "Start Questionnare". If you did not receive an ID, please be sure to click "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." Remember, you can also call 844-330-2020 to complete the Census via phone.