STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2020) – According to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), 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. Lucas said Indiana is currently tied for 10th in the nation for response rate, with nearly two-thirds of Hoosier census forms submitted.
"Filling out the census only takes a few minutes, but leaves an impact on our area for the next decade and beyond," Lucas said. "This information helps our communities secure funding for education, veterans and a variety of grants through federal programs."
Residents can 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 southern Indiana starting July 23 to ensure every resident is counted. Lucas said 33% of Jackson County households, 37% of Jennings County households and 38% of Scott County households 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.
Lucas 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 Lucas, 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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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