The NTAS recently participated in a Census Caravan in Salt Lake county neighborhoods to bring awareness to the 2020 Census.
Why should you take the 2020 Census?
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.
It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
Simply put, the census determines the flow of federal funds into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
How does that impact our Tongan/Pacific community? Census data can inform funding decisions that benefit our communities in many ways. For example, planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education. It also affects higher education and your ability to access Pell Grants.
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. These are all programs and resources our communities depend on.
If you haven't taken the 2020 Census, you can do so at this link: https://my2020census.gov/. Census workers are also canvassing neighborhoods to ensure everyone is counted so if you encounter one, make sure you take the opportunity to complete the census.
For more information on the 2020 Census, visit the official census page at https://2020census.gov/en.html