The 2020 Census is underway, and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking for governmental institutions like The Borough of Prospect Park to help us inform everyone in the United States about the importance of being counted. The invitation for you to complete the census on-line or on the phone should have reached your mailbox by now. A paper questionnaire will be mailed to non-respondents next week.
What is the Census?
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. For more historical information about the Census, click here.
Census data are critical to helping our nation—and the businesses and communities in it—make decisions that will fuel our future success. Census data also determine your representation in Congress and are used to redraw boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts. They inform the allocation of funding for your community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools, senior centers) as well as the allocation of Title I funds that provide financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families. In fact, more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed each year to communities across the country based on census data. To help your community thrive, it’s important that everyone participate in the 2020 Census.
Is it Confidential? Absolutely!
The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics. The information cannot be released in any way that could identify you. Information would never be shared with any immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies. For more information, click here .
Prospect Park Complete Count Committee
The Complete Count Committee is key to creating awareness in communities all across the country. Thank you for becoming a Prospect Park Census 2020 Ambassador! For more information and tools and resources, click here.
Chair: Commissioner Bridget Arrick
Member: Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah
Member: Council President Alaa Matari
Member: Pastor AJ Santino, Unity Christian Reformed Church
Member: Mohamad Daghstani
Member: Kerri Waibel, Prospect Park School No. 1
U.S. Census Partnership Specialist: Marianne Ibrahim
Passaic County Census 2020
Co-Chair: Dr. Khyati Joshi
Co-Chair: Miguel Diaz
Tools and Resources
2020 Census Outreach Materials: Access all 2020 Census Outreach Materials provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
2020 Census Complete Count Committee Guide: Learn what a Complete Count Committee does.
Community Outreach Toolkit: A quick guide to tailoring census outreach efforts for the people you serve.
2020 Census Fact Sheets: Download, print or embed fact sheets about the 2020 Census.
Resources in Spanish: NALEO Educational Fund has some great resources in Spanish.