(BROOME COUNTY, NY) As part of the continued efforts of Broome County’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census, we are informing the public of continued field efforts by the US Census Bureau to ensure that every person is counted. This month the Census Bureau will begin their Non-Response Follow-up operations in our community.
Through this effort, census takers will visit every household that has not yet responded to the 2020 Census. If no one is home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail. People are encouraged to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.
For your household to be counted in the census, you must submit your information by September 30th, when Census Bureau collection efforts will end. An accurate count ensures that we get our fair share of federal and state funding for important programs and services for the next ten years.
If you haven’t completed your census form, you can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire received, or by responding online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. Those that respond prior to the beginning of door-to-door efforts will not be visited to obtain their census response. In-person assistance will be provided while practicing state and local social distancing protocols. All census workers have been trained in social distancing protocols and issued personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks to be worn during their visit. Census takers can easily be identified with an ID badge with their name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark seal, and an expiration date. They will have an official Census Bureau issued bag and tablet. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact the New York regional census center to speak n with a Census Bureau representative at 1-800-991-2520.