Happy Census Day! This morning, while waiting for the teakettle to boil, I dug through the pile of mail that has been building up on my hallway table as I’ve been preoccupied with our present emergency. At the bottom I found the envelope that arrived from the Census Bureau several weeks ago. I sat down with the letter and my tea, opened my laptop, navigated to my2020census.gov, and filled out the information for our whole household (my cousin Brennan and myself) in about 5 minutes.
Not too grand a story! And yet, so much depends on every household in our district taking those simple steps. Boston needs us to respond to the 2020 Census so that our communities get their fair share of federal representation and funding for the resources we need. Those resources have never been more important.
To date, only 40.3% of Massachusetts residents have filled out their Census, and in Boston the number is just 31.6%. That is lagging behind the response rates at this point ten years ago – for understandable reasons, given how all our lives have been disrupted.
Will you join me in filling out your Census today? Please do – and send me a reply to let me know everyone in your home is now counted!
Below I’ve included some further information about the Census; thank you for reading, and thank you also for all that you’re doing to practice physical distancing right now. Be safe and be well.
All best wishes,
Why the Census is important:
- The 2020 Census is a way to directly increase community power. It will impact our daily lives for the next 10 years including schools, hospitals and roads we need. Many of Boston’s communities are at risk of an undercount. We need a complete and accurate count because all of Boston deserves to be seen, heard, and invested in.
- Much of the funding that comes from the Census count helps the most vulnerable among us. It provides, for instance, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), public education (grants for special education and Boston Public Schools), food and nutrition programs (SNAP and free school breakfast/lunch programs), affordable housing (Section 8 vouchers), and child care (Head Start) for low-income families.
- The 2020 Census will determine the number of Congressional representatives for each state. We need to ensure that Massachusetts is accurately represented in Washington.
The Census is 100% confidential
- Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law.
Your answers can only be used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The Census Bureau can’t share your personal information with DHS, law enforcement, or your landlord until 72 years have passed. It won’t affect any public benefits you receive.
Every person counts!
- Whether you rent or you own your home, whether you were born here or you just got here, whether you are a senior citizen or a newborn baby, you count equally in our democracy and we need to make sure you and everyone in your household is counted in the 2020 Census.
How to fill out the Census:
- The Census has never been more accessible. You can respond to the 2020 Census online (my2020census.gov), over the phone, or by mail in 13 different languages.
It’s critical to the future of Boston that we have an accurate count. Please take 5-10 minutes and fill out your Census today to ensure that our city can get the resources we need.
If you’d like to track the Census responses for Massachusetts and the nation, you can do so here.
To stay up to date about the Census and available district resources, please check out our website or call our office at 617-635-4225.