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Make yourself count: Complete the 2020 Census

You count!

That is, unless you don’t.

That’s why we implore you to PLEASE fill out a 2020 Census form and get counted.

It takes just minutes, it really does.

The census is our nation’s long-standing method of knowing you’re around so it can help you.

That is, to provide help in the form of disbursing money from the taxes you pay to your community and to you, and to disburse essential services.

Indeed, official U.S. Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, support for firefighters and families in need, disaster recovery initiatives and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.

The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.

Morevoer, census results affect planning and funding for healthcare–including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

Census results affect you and your community every day.

The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States and its five territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

One person should respond for each home.

That person must be at least 15 years old.

They should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.

The Census Bureau has specific operations and processes in place to count everyone, including those in group living situations such as college dorms, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons.

At Sept. 2, just 68% of Pennsylvania residents had self-responded.

That after months of being asked.

At last look, participation in the City of Lock Haven was just 57%.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus has slowed the counting and follow-up work by Census staff.

Don’t you want to count?

Then get in the game!

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