Carolina Beach Council Hears Census 2020 Update From Former Mayor

Carolina Beach Council Hears Census 2020 Update From Former Mayor

Carolina Beach Council Hears Census 2020 Update From Former Mayor Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 24 February 2020 03:54

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Former Carolina Beach Mayor Joe Benson is still on the job. During the Council's February 11th meeting, Benson presented an update on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census in New Hanover County.
Benson explained, "2020 is a Census year. It's an important yet pretty simple task to accomplish for all of us. Wednesday April 1st, that's official Census day. That doesn't mean that's when you go an complete the survey. The survey can be completed in four different ways. You can do the notification card which you will start receiving in the mail mid-March. You can do the survey over the phone. You can do it online or if none of those are done you may have the good fortunes by May of having a Federal worker come to your residence to count you."
He explained in early March, Census workers will be canvassing the homeless populations. He explained, "That might be for us, the Carolina Beach State Park. There are a number who are there and they will go out there and they will go to the places that we recommend at the County."
Benson said the goal of the Census is to survey 80% of the overall population within the County. He said, "Why is the Census important? For a number of reasons. One of which is federal dollars per person average about $1,600.00 so if you get an accurate therefore larger count, the federal funds that come to the state... increase based on an increased population. North Carolina is expected to grow from 2010 to 2020 and as a result, federal representation not in the Senate but in the Congress should grow at the expense of other states that are losing population so you can see how that would be important."
The Town of Carolina Beach and New Hanover County as well as other local governments are working to promote citizen participation in the upcoming Census.
New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington, along with elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and community advocates, have collaborated on a “Cape Fear Counts” campaign to help ensure every person in our region is counted in the 2020 Census.
“In September of last year, we formed a Complete Count Committee made up of government staff and officials, local organizations, and community leaders who came together to help guide the local census process,” said Complete Count Committee Co-Chair and New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, Jr. “These dedicated individuals are trusted voices in our community, and they have led our five subcommittees to help plan outreach initiatives to reach all of our neighbors and ensure New Hanover County and our region are counted in 2020.”
The census subcommittees are focused on outreach to hard-to-reach communities, local businesses, the faith-based community, educational institutions, the housing sector, and general community.
“We have already started our promotions, and you will see even more in the coming weeks with videos, social media campaigns, outreach events, speaking engagements, flyers, and boots on the ground – spreading the word about Cape Fear Counts and the importance of the 2020 Census,” said Complete Count Committee Co-Chair and City of Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “An accurate, complete count is so important for our region to ensure we receive the federal funding we need and deserve.”
The 2020 Census count will inform where and how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent, the political representation our state has, and data used to make decisions for the next decade. An accurate count in
New Hanover County will help ensure our community receives support for public safety, education, family support services, healthcare, human services, environmental protections, economic development, emergency response, public transportation, and more.
In mid-March, residents will begin receiving mailed invitations with details on how to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. When completing the census, residents should include everyone living in their home on April 1, 2020. If a household does not respond, their home will be visited by a Census taker from May through July to help make sure everyone is counted. The deadline to self-respond to the census is July 31, 2020.
The 2020 Census will not ask for social security numbers, political affiliation, or proof of citizenship, and the information submitted is confidential and protected by federal law from use by any law enforcement agency. Also, the Census Bureau will not email or text people for the 2020 Census, so the public should beware of scams.
Information about the census, with local information and resources, is available at www.CapeFearCounts.com. The community is also encouraged to use and follow the hashtag #CapeFearCounts on social media.
What is the census?
• Think of it as a head count that includes every individual living in the U.S.
• Every ten years, each household nationwide is asked to fill out a brief questionnaire about all the people living in your home. This means everyone. Babies, children, aunts, grandparents, cousins, friends – anyone who resides in your home as of April 1, 2020.
• Questions include the number of people in your household, basic information about these individuals like age or race, and how they are related to you.
• You will not be asked to provide a social security number, political affiliation, or proof of citizenship.
• Information you submit is 100% confidential and protected by federal law from use by ANY law enforcement agency.
North Carolina receives $16 billion from federal funding every year for programs based on Census counts. In North Carolina, every missed person (uncounted in the census) represents a loss of roughly $16,000 in funding for the state.

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