With the 2020 Census deadline at the end of the month, the Filipino community is at risk of losing their share of resources over the next decade.
The Asian and Asian-American community could lose access to government-funded community resources if the community isn’t counted in the 2020 Census.
According to the Census Bureau, three out of 10 U.S. households have not filled out the census. The response rate is less than 72%. There is still a remaining gap on census response rates of Asian Americans, and the Census Bureau is encouraging the community to respond.
There is still time to be counted. Encourage your friends, family and community, especially the Asian community, to fill out the 2020 Census.
Everyone in the community must be counted in the census by Sept. 30. If people are undercounted, states and communities could lose thousands of dollars in public funding per person every year for emergency services, education, health facilities, road improvement and other benefits. The community is also at risk of losing political representation, including Congressional seats.
Due to COVID-19, it’s challenging to conduct local outreach but the census takers are trained to follow public health guidelines and wear personal protective equipment while making in-person visits to help households complete their questionnaires.
“We are taking steps and adapting our operations to make sure everyone is counted, while keeping everyone safe,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham.
To respond to the census online, visit 2020census.gov. To respond in Tagalog over the phone, call 844-478-2020.