STATEHOUSE (July 24, 2020) – According to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield), 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. Cherry said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"The information gathered from the census will impact our communities for the next 10 years," Cherry said. "This data is used to make important funding decisions, from roads to services for families and children. For this reason, it is essential each household completes the census."
Cherry 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 26% of households in Hancock County and 36% in Madison 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 Cherry, 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. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,
which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.
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