Census Information & Events

 

Make it Count / Census 2020

Homewood Science Center is working with Illinois Action for Children to provide Census 2020 education and  questionnaire assistance within hard-to-count neighborhoods including Harvey, Hazel Crest, Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Chicago Heights. 

 

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations, and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed, such as clinics, schools, and roads. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states. In March of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1st. You will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail, and federal law keeps those responses safe and secure.

 

Shape your future. START HERE. Visit 2020census.gov

2020 Census Timeline

January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.  
March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

APRIL 1, 2020 

CENSUS DAY MOVIE MARATHON

Featuring FROZEN II

at Homewood Science Center

*details coming!

Resources for Organizations

 

Become our Census Partner!

Homewood Science Center is working with Illinois Action for Children to provide Census 2020 education and  questionnaire assistance within hard-to-count neighborhoods including Harvey, Hazel Crest, Richton Park, Olympia Fields, and Chicago Heights. 

Through partnerships, we can ensure these communities are accurately counted in the Census 2020.  

We ask our partners to do simple things to like:

  • Distribute flyers to families in your programs and schools

  • Share Census 2020 information on your website and social media

  • Invite Homewood Science Center to your popular events to offer questionnaire assistance

  • Complete brief monthly surveys about Census activities.

Census 101 English - Download PDF

Census 101 Spanish - Download PDF

MAKE IT COUNT:

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Post the Census Video on your Website

Share Census Stories on Facebook

Community Benefits Toolkit - Download PDF

‘What is the Census?' Public Service Announcements

 

60 Second PSA - Stronger Connection What is the Census?

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census is a once-every-decade count of everyone living in the country. When we know how many people live in your community, organizations, and businesses are better equipped to evaluate the services and programs needed, such as clinics, schools, and roads. It also determines how seats in Congress are distributed among the 50 states. In March of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will send every household an invitation to complete a simple questionnaire about who lives at your address on April 1st. You will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail, and federal law keeps those responses safe and secure. Shape your future. START HERE. Visit 2020census.gov

 

15 Second PSA – What? The 2020 Census is count of everyone living in the United States on April 1st. As mandated in our Constitution, it takes place only once every ten years. Please respond when you receive your census questionnaire – online, by phone, or mail. Shape your future. START HERE. Visit 2020census.gov.

 

15 Second PSA – Why? Why do we have a census? An accurate count of the population determines how many seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs decisions on funding for critical public services in your community. Shape your future. START HERE. Visit 2020census.gov.

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