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Be Counted Anaheim!

Census 2020 is here! And there’s a lot at stake for Anaheim.

Each year, we see more than $100 million in federal funding for roads, affordable housing, parks, community centers and other projects that make life better for everyone who lives here.

So we need everyone in your home to be counted, from babies to grandparents.

It doesn’t matter where you were born or your immigration status.

Filling out the Census is completely safe and confidential. No one — not immigration, police, the president, not even a judge — can access your personal Census information.

So do it for Anaheim. It’s your city — help us make it count.

Questions? Check out our FAQ below. If you don’t find the answer there, please call us at (714) 765-4311.

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What is the Census?

The Census counts everyone who lives in the United States every 10 years.

Why should we complete the Census?

The Census helps direct federal funding to Anaheim. Each year, Anaheim sees more than $100 million in federal funding for affordable housing, roads, parks, libraries, public safety, education and healthcare.

When can I take the Census?

Anaheim residents can starting filling out the Census online starting March 12. The last day to respond is October 31. 

Where will I receive information on the Census?

Every Anaheim home will receive an invitation in the mail to fill out the Census.

Who should be counted?

Everyone! Each person living in your home as of April 1, 2020, should be counted, including newborns, kids, parents, grandparents and anyone living there most of the time. Everyone should be counted, regardless of where you where born or whether you are a U.S. citizen.

How many questions are on the Census? How can I respond?

There are nine questions that need to be filled out initially by a household member 18 or older. For every other household member, seven questions will be asked. You can respond to the Census by phone, online or by filling out the paper questionnaire by mail.

What number should I call if I want to complete the Census by phone? 

You can call the U.S. Census Bureau at one of their toll-free numbers below: 

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I am an undocumented immigrant in fear of detention or deportation. Am I at risk if I fill out the census form?

No. Personal Census information is the most protected in the country. No one, not the president, law enforcement, ICE or even a judge can access your personal information. No one has ever been arrested, detained or deported for filling out the Census. It is only for counting the population, not law enforcement.

Am I going to be fined if I don’t fill it out?

Census participation is mandatory under federal law with the prospect of fines. But we want you to fill out the Census for the benefit of Anaheim, not because of any possible fines. The Census is completely safe, so you can feel comfortable about filling it out.

What programs could potentially be hurt by an undercount in Anaheim?

Affordable housing vouchers, Community Development Block Grants used to improve parks and community centers, Medicaid, Medicare and children’s healthcare funding, SNAP nutrition for families, school lunches and Head Start education for young kids.

Will my landlord have access to information or be notified about the number of people in my apartment?

No. Your property owner will not have access to or be notified of your personal information. The personal details of the Census cannot be obtained for 72 years by anybody, not your landlord or even the president.

I am not sure if someone else has counted my Anaheim residence, should I still complete it?

Yes. The Census Bureau has a process in place to resolve duplicate submissions.

Why will people be coming to my house?

Census takers will visit homes that have not responded or have an incomplete response. Census takers will be canvassing neighborhoods from August through the end of October, though keep in mind these dates may change due to the coronavirus outbreak. They will have badges and identification to prove they work for the Census Bureau. You should feel comfortable talking with Census workers once they have properly identified themselves.

What information will I have to provide on the Census?

You’ll see questions about how many people live in your household, whether you rent or own your home, gender, age, race and ethnicity information and other questions.

The Census will not ask for your Social Security number, driver’s license or bank account numbers. If you receive a form asking for this information, it is fraudulent — do not complete it.

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