Mount Pocono Underrepresented in 2020 Census, Federal Funds in Jeopardy
WASHINGTON, DC (APR 30 2020) - According to information obtained from the United States Census Bureau, Mount Pocono Borough residents are lagging behind the rest of the state in responses to the 2020 Census.
Only 42% of Borough residents have responded to the Census as of yesterday, April 29, 2020. Residents have previously received a postcard mailing or a paper census form. The postcard contained a 12-character census code which could be sued to respond to the census online. The paper form could be filled out and mailed.
All households are able to fill out their census response online, including those who received a paper form, as well as those who no longer have their census code.
Households which do not respond to the census typically receive an in-person visit from a census worker to gather the information. Due to physical distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau reports that in-person visits are indefinitely delayed. As a result, there may be insufficient time to gather complete information from non-responding households before the final census report. The census is taken every ten years and the results of the tally impact the amount of federal funds received by a community for things as diverse as volunteer fire department grants, police funds, school meals, and thousands of other federal programs. If a community is under-counted, they will receive less funding and could lose representation in Congress, which is based on the population as counted by the census.
Hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding is at stake. Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems; help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education; affect funding to support non-urban areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults. It also regulates the distribution of public health resources, particularly significant these days. You can respond to the 2020 Census by visiting the online questionnaire today. (You can preview the questions asked here.) You can complete the online questionnaire in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more. The quickest way to respond to the 2020 Census is online with your Census ID, which easily links your response with your address. However, you can respond without a Census ID and still be linked with your address. This ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you received from the Census Bureau. After selecting the "Start Questionnaire" button on the online form, you will be prompted to enter your ID. All 2020 Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers).
Don't have a Census ID, can't find it, lost it, threw it away? No Problem. If you do not have your Census ID, you can still respond online. Visit the online form and select "Start Questionnaire." Below the ID field, choose the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." It only takes a few minutes, please take a moment and do it now so that Mount Pocono can be sure to get its proper level of federal support.