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Be counted during the 2020 Census

March 5, 2020
Lahaina News

The County of Maui is emphasizing the importance of the 2020 Decennial Census and wants residents to say, "COUNT ME IN!"

With an official kickoff date of April 1, the goal of the 2020 Census is to count every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.

For the first time, people can respond online (answers will immediately be encrypted to maximize confidentiality), by mail, in-person and by telephone.

The Census questionnaire will not include questions on citizenship, banking or finances, but it does allow residents to list their race/ethnicity, so that federal funds can be allocated to those specific groups.

Maui County urges residents to participate, so that we receive our fair share from the distribution of federal money.

"In 2016, Maui received its share of the $3.7 billion allocated to the state. But for every person (including children born on or before April 1, 2020) who is not included in household responses, we lose more than $1,500 per person, per year, for ten years until the next Census. That's money left on the table that could have gone toward safety net programs, roads, public transport, Medicare/Medicaid and our keiki's schools," a county official explained.

"Specifically, in our county, federal money contributes to Head Start and other educational programs for our keiki, HUD Section 8 Housing, Community Development Block Grants, Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., airport improvements and

multiple road and bridge projects."

Census data also determines each state's political representation in the House of Representatives and assists officials in setting boundaries for congressional, legislative and school districts.

The count will be underway from April 1 through May 31, 2020.

The earlier you respond, the fewer reminders you'll receive from the U.S. Census Bureau. So, take 15 minutes to answer the questionnaire and help Maui County receive its accurate share of federal funding.

 
 

 

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