STATEHOUSE (July 15, 2020) – According to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City), 2020 Census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.
Census Surge Week kicked off Monday to remind residents to complete their 2020 Census forms before door-to-door visits begin in some areas around the country as early as July 20. Abbott said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"Households that have not yet completed their responses should do so as soon as possible," Abbott said. "The information collected is crucial to our local communities and state, with billions of dollars of federal funding on the line. It is a simple process that can be accomplished online in minutes, over the phone or through the mail."
Abbott encourages residents to visit 2020Census.gov to fill out the census online. Hoosiers can also call 844-330-2020 or mail back the questionnaire sent to households.
Census takers will begin visiting nonresponding households in northern Indiana from Aug. 11 to Oct. 31 to ensure every resident is counted. Abbott said about one-third of households in five Northeast Indiana counties still need to respond to the 2020 Census, including Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties.
Census workers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit households. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing, and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.
Abbott said everyone is required to fill out the census every 10 years by law, and the information is kept confidential. Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court.
According to Abbott, billions of dollars in federal funding to support education, housing, health and public safety are on the line as this data impacts strategic planning decisions about statewide job training, locations of new businesses and public transportation projects.
Self-responses are due by Oct. 31, 2020.
State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes
all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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