To ensure the health and safety of the public, the U.S. Census Bureau is modifying some of its census operations in the wake of COVID-19.
Here’s what you need to know.
The deadline to respond to the census has been extended from July 31 to Friday, August 14. But households are still strongly encouraged to respond early to minimize the need for follow up visits from a census official.
Are you living in a house or apartment or staying doubled-up at the home of a friend or relative?
- Every household has been sent multiple mailings from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to participate.
- You can complete the census online, over the phone, or by mail.
- Visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to participate. (Para español haga clic aquí o llame al 844-468-2020). Language support is available in 60 languages.
- Every person living in the house should be counted, including family and friends who are residing temporarily or couch surfing.
- Didn’t receive or can’t find your census mailing? You can still respond online without a Census ID number.
Are you living in a shelter?
(Delayed, with modifications)
- Counting people at service-based locations (shelters, soup kitchens) has been delayed one month to take place between Wednesday, April 29 and Friday, May 1.
- In-person interviews by census officials are suspended.
- Instead, service providers will count their residents/clients by either
- Providing the Census Bureau with response information using records from a check-in form or case management system; or
- Scheduling a time for the Census Bureau to drop off and pick up census forms at the service site for residents/clients to fill out themselves.
- If you are living in a shelter or receive services in the community, talk to staff to confirm when and how their location will be counted to make sure you’re not missed.
Are you living on the street or in an encampment?
- The count at non-sheltered outdoor locations, such as tent encampments and underpasses, has been delayed one month. It will now take place the evening of Thursday, April 30.
You can still be counted if:
- You are living doubled-up and were not included on your household’s form for any reason.
- You started staying at a shelter after Friday, May 1 and missed the service-based count.
- You are living on the street and a census worker did not find you the evening of April 30.
People experiencing homelessness who were not counted through the methods above can still complete a census form online or over the phone. This linked guide provides step by step instructions on how to respond online if you are homeless.
Don’t have access to a phone or computer? Chicago Public Library locations are currently closed as part of Governor JB Pritzker’s shelter in place order, but many shelters and social services agencies remain open. Shelter staffers may be able to help, so ask!
CCH’s outreach activities are on pause, but you still can help us ensure all Illinoisans are counted in the 2020 Census, no matter their housing status:
- Share this blog post on social media.
- Email our revised 2020 Census fact sheet, palm card, and poster to your networks. These documents, designed by CCH, were updated to reflect the U.S. Census Bureau’s modified operations.
- Encourage your friends and family to complete the census online, over the phone, or by mail. Be sure to fill out your own form, too!
- Check out the U.S. Census Bureau’s official 2020 Census page for more information.
Questions about the census counting those who are homeless?
Contact Gloria Davis, CCH Census 2020 Project Manager, at email@example.com or (312) 641-4140.
– Erin Sindewald, Development Manager