STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2020) – According to State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron), 2020 Census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.
Door-to-door visits are beginning in some areas around the country to remind residents to complete their 2020 Census forms. Aylesworth said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"The census determines how much and where federal funding is allocated," Aylesworth said. "If everyone takes the couple of minutes required to complete the census, then Lake and Porter counties can qualify for needed funding for different resources and programs."
Aylesworth 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. Aylesworth said 35% of households in Lake County and 26% in Porter County still need to respond to the 2020 Census.
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.
Aylesworth 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 Aylesworth, 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. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) represents House District 11,
which includes portions of Lake and Porter counties.
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