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Census 2020: NEW deadline is Sept. 30 to make sure #SeniorsCount in Philadelphia!

UPDATE 8/6/20: This week, the Census Bureau announced that it would cease collecting 2020 Census data by Sept. 30, 2020. This is once month shorter than the previous deadline of Oct. 31.

We urge all older Philadelphians to respond to the Census as soon as possible to ensure that #SeniorsCount in Philadelphia. Billions of dollars in federal funding for the next decade is directly tied to Census information collected this year, so it is vitally important that all Philadelphians are counted accurately.

If you have not yet responded to the Census, it’s not too late! Visit 2020census.gov to learn about the different ways to complete the Census.

In August, Census takers will begin visiting the homes of those who have not yet responded. Here’s what to expect if a Census worker visits your home in the coming weeks, from 2020Census.gov:

Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.

If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.

If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response.