STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2020) – According to State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne), 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. Judy said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"With a 74 percent response rate, one of the highest in the state, Whitley County residents are doing an outstanding job submitting their census forms," Judy said. "However, we want to ensure everyone is counted so our area receives the appropriate support for community programs."
Judy 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. Judy said about one-third of households in Northeast Indiana counties still need to respond to the 2020 Census, including Allen 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.
Judy 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 Judy, 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. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 83,
which includes portions of Allen and Whitley counties.
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