STATEHOUSE (July 24, 2020) – According to State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond), 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. Barrett said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"Information from the census helps determine funding for local education, health clinics and many other important aspects of our community," Barrett said. "If you have not completed the census yet, I encourage you to fill it out as soon as possible."
Barrett 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.
He said the census office is still waiting to hear from approximately 37% of households in Wayne County.
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.
According to Barrett, 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. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) represents House District 56,
which includes portions of Wayne County.
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