City of Sammamish - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Resources
Every 10 years, we count everyone in the country. The count is known as a nationalcensus. And when we say we count everyone, we mean everyone. All residents ofevery ethnicity, regardless of immigration status, including kids, seniors, militarymembers, and people experiencing homelessness.
When we all complete the 2020 Census, we show our community’s strength. A fairand accurate count of people will help the government determine how more than$675 billion in annual federal dollars are distributed. That’s funding for things like ourschools, affordable housing, hospitals and health care, emergency services, andpublic transit.
As we all grapple with the impacts of COVID-19, we’re reminded of how important itis to understand the needs of those in our community - and census statistics are acritical way for us to know what resources our community may need in urgent times.So, while we are staying indoors and protecting the health and safety of ourcommunity today, we encourage you to complete the census, and protect thehealth and safety of our community for the next 10 years, too.
Remember - it is your right to complete the census, and it is illegal for the CensusBureau to share your information with anyone, including ICE and law enforcement,public assistance programs, and other agencies. All answers are kept confidentialand used only to produce statistics. There is NO citizenship question.
This is our moment to join together—as a neighborhood, a city, a county, a state, anda country—and make sure each and every one of us counts. We are ALL a part of thiscommunity and we ALL count.Complete your census, today. https://my2020census.gov/
Below we’ve listed some common questions that you may have about the2020 Census.
What is the census?It’s how we count people living in the country—every resident, regardless of immigrationstatus.
Why should I participate?When we all complete the census, we help the government know where money isneeded—for things like hospitals, schools, affordable housing, and transportation. It alsodetermines how many representatives Washington state will have in Congress.
Do I have to participate if I did it in 2010 or previous years?Yes. In order to count and help our communities, we must all be counted every 10 years.
Is my information protected?Yes. You have the right to privacy in the census—all answers are protected and used only toproduce statistics.
Where does all this information go?Only the Census Bureau can see the census information. It’s illegal for the bureau to share itwith any other agency, including ICE, public assistance programs, and other lawenforcement.
Is there a citizenship question?No—the census has NO citizenship question.
When is the census happening?Starting March 12th, we will all receive letters in the mail about the census. From Marchthrough July, you can complete it online at my2020census.gov. If you don’t have Internetaccess or have questions, there are places in your community to complete the census withhelp. Or, a census staffer will visit your home to help make sure you’re counted.
I don’t have access to a computer, can I complete the census any other way?The easiest way to complete the census is online. You can also complete it over the phone at844-330-2020 or with a paper form. Organizations in the community will also provide help toseniors, immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, and anyone else who needsassistance.
How can I get help completing the census?For support, you can call the Census Bureau’s helpline:English 844-330-2020Spanish 844-468-2020Chinese (Mandarin) 844-391-2020Chinese (Cantonese) 844-398-2020Vietnamese 844-461-2020Korean 844-392-2020Russian 844-417-2020Arabic 844-416-2020Tagalog 844-478-2020Polish 844-479-2020French 844-494-2020Haitian Creole 844-477-2020Portuguese 844-474-2020Japanese 844-460-2020English (Puerto Rico) 844-418-2020Spanish (Puerto Rico) 844-426-2020Telephone DisplayDevice (TDD) 844-467-2020
What happens if I don’t complete the census?If you don’t complete the census online by early May, a census worker will come to your doorto help you complete it. You’ll know they’re official because they’ll have a census workerbadge.
Do I have to pay money to take part?No! The Census Bureau and its staff will never ask you for money or for bank accountinformation, social security number, or a political donation. If anyone asks you for moneyrelated to the census, they are trying to take advantage of you with a scam.
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