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.
WHEN can YOU participate in the 2020 Census?
In early 2020, every household in Habersham County will receive a notice from the Census Bureau to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. In May 2020 the Census Bureau will begin following up in person by visiting households that have not responded.
WHERE can YOU participate in the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census will be the first time that you can respond online, via phone, or via mail. So, you can complete the 2020 Census from just about anywhere!
If you do not have access to the internet, and wish to complete the 2020 Census online, please visit one of the following locations and a member of their staff will be available to assist you:
Habersham County Cornelia Library
301 N Main St.
Cornelia, GA 30531
Habersham County Clarkesville Library
178 E Green St.
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Habersham County Senior Center
217 Scoggins Drive
Demorest, GA 30535
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!
HOW can YOU participate?
Once you receive your notice from the Census Bureau, please complete the Census via internet, phone, or mail. You can also encourage your neighbors to participate.