Mayor Fischer, community partners urge completion of Census by September 30
As Census-takers begin visiting non-responding Louisville households, Mayor Greg Fischer and Municipal Complete Count Committee (MC3) members today urged residents to complete the 2020 Census.
“Census data will influence the federal support Louisville receives for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and more for the next decade, as well as our representation in Congress. It’s essential that every person who calls Louisville home be counted,” Mayor Fischer said.
The Mayor noted that residents can have their name removed from the Census home visit list by completing the Census today. Residents have three options to respond to the 2020 Census — by phone, by mail or online. Households can respond safely from home by using the online form on the U.S. Census website at my2020census.gov; by phone at 844-330-2020; or by mailing back the paper questionnaire delivered to homes earlier in the year.
Additional information can be found at https://louisvilleky.gov/census.
The deadline to respond to the Census has been extended to September 30, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jefferson County’s response rate was 69.4% on August 6, which is higher than the national self-response rate at 63%, and 66% for the state.
“We have to keep pushing that number higher,” the Mayor said. “We’re facing three simultaneous crises — COVID-19, the economic recession and the push for racial justice and equity — and need to make sure that our community receives every dollar in federal funding it’s entitled to.”
Census-takers are scheduled to visit the non-responding households between today and September 30 to ask a few questions and will enter the answers on their secure Census Bureau smart phone.
They will be doing this with social distancing practices in place to protect from the spread of COVID-19. If a family member is not home when the Census-taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online or by phone. As necessary, they will make additional visits to collect responses from the household.
The Census Bureau is also launching a separate program today aimed at communities that have the lowest 2020 response rates, called Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA). MQA will also operate through September 30. In addition, Service-Based Enumeration provides an opportunity for people without conventional housing and people who may be experiencing homelessness to be counted in the Census.
The Louisville Municipal Complete Count Committee (MC3) is comprised of Louisville Metro staff, community leaders, and faith organizations. The MC3 is focused on raising awareness of the Census throughout the community, particularly with historically under-counted populations, children age 5 and younger, immigrants and young African American men.
To learn more about the 2020 Census and the Municipal Complete Count Committee, contact Catalina Cordova, Louisville’s Census Coordinator at [email protected] or at (502) 574-5040.