Local Website is Part of a Public Outreach Campaign to Ensure Every Resident is Counted on Census Day April 1, 2020
The Santa Barbara County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee launched a website in preparation for the 2020 United States Census. The website (www.SantaBarbaraCountyCensus.org) is part of a robust local outreach campaign entitled, “We all Count. Todos Contamos.” to provide the public access to local resources and information about the census in English and Spanish.
The Complete Count Committee, comprised of 90 civic and business leaders who are fully engaged in planning the public information and education campaign, launched the website with information about the census, important dates, and resources for individuals and organizations to share with friends and family, constituents and customers.
Every 10 years, the United States Census counts every resident in the nation in the location where they reside on Census Day, which is April 1, including children born on or before that date, and college students attending school in the county. Census data determine how more than $675 billion are spent supporting vital county, state, and local programs and services. It is estimated that for every person not counted local government loses about $1,500 to $2,000 per person, per year for 10 years. For the first time since 1790, the public will have the option to respond to the 2020 census online, as well as by mail or by phone. Most households will receive an invitation in March to respond online.
Fact sheets and FAQs are available to download, print and share. The materials address questions and concerns about confidentiality, citizenship and race. For example, the law is clear –personal information provided on the census form cannot be shared, and state census organizers confirmed that citizenship is not a question on the 2020 census. The public is encouraged to visit the website and register to receive e-news and updates, as well as contact the Committee to request a speaker or seek more information.
“Santa Barbara County is all-in to ensure we count all people according to where they live on Census Day April 1, 2020,” said Dennis Bozanich, Co-Chair of Santa Barbara County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.
Bozanich continued, “It’s in our hands to shape our future and how millions of dollars each year over the next 10 years are distributed to schools, health and human services, hospitals, mental health services, homelessness and public safety. An undercount of the population will have far-reaching implications and undermine the ability to provide essential public programming and services relied upon by so many throughout the county.”