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Census 2020

Posted By: Allison P. Cohen Community , Industry ,
 

The once-a-decade count of the nation’s population is set to begin this month, and apartment owners and managers will play an important role in making sure the count is complete and accurate.

By April 1st each household should have received a questionnaire in the mail.  Each household can respond to the questionnaire by phone, by mail or online—online participation is new for 2020.

How can apartment operators assist with an accurate Census?

Apartment owners and managers can help facilitate a complete and accurate count. Through your community’s social media efforts and other communication outreach efforts to your residents you can encourage your residents to participate.

If your apartment community has hard-to-count populations living in your community your role is particularly important in encouraging a questionnaire response. These populations include very young children, immigrants, people of color, rural residents, people with disabilities and low-income individuals.

Are there resources that can help me encourage participation in the Census? How can I find resources or get more information?

Yes. To help encourage apartment resident participation, the U.S. Census Bureau has graphics and other collateral material available at www.2020census.gov.

Print and post these flyers in your common areas to remind people to answer their questionnaire.

Census 101: What you need to know!

Setting the Record Straight – The Census will protect you and your information

Everyone Counts – Immigrants and Refugees

Counting Young Children

Will Census workers come on my property? When would this occur?

Possibly. If an apartment community achieves a high enough response rate (if enough residents respond to the Census and submit the questionnaires on their own) it is unlikely that a Census worker will have to walk the property to collect questionnaire responses. However, starting in May 2020, the Census Bureau will begin following up in person with those that have not responded to the census.

Will Census workers come on my property? When would this occur?

Possibly. If an apartment community achieves a high enough response rate (if enough residents respond to the Census and submit the questionnaires on their own) it is unlikely that a Census worker will have to walk the property to collect questionnaire responses. However, starting in May 2020, the Census Bureau will begin following up in person with those that have not responded to the census.

How can I verify that someone is a legitimate Census worker?

If a Census worker visits your property to collect information for the 2020 Census you can verify their identity by making sure that they have a valid ID badge containing their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact the Regional Census Center to speak with a Census Bureau representative. Call 800/923-8282 or 737/207-4146.

Are there other ways to spot fraudulent Census workers? What should I do if I suspect fraud?

The Census Bureau will never ask for a Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers or solicit money or donations. If you suspect fraudulent Census workers call the police and also call the Census Bureau using the numbers provided above.

What if a resident does not respond to the Census and a Census worker is unable to contact them and wants my help?

Your only federal obligations to the Census worker are 

1) To provide access to the premises so that Census workers can knock on doors and speak to residents

2) If asked by a Census worker, provide the number of occupants in a unit and their name(s).  This is the only information you are obligated to provide to a Census worker. 

Failure to do so may result in a $500 fine. The Department of Commerce has clearly stated that landlords and property managers of rental property will not be in violation of any privacy laws if they provide the number of persons in a unit and their name(s).