2020 Census just Two Weeks Away!

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News Date: 
February 27, 2020
Installing a Census 2020 Banner on 65 W Alisal Street

The 2020 Census is 2 weeks away!

In March, the Census will begin sending out invites to participate in the 2020 Census to your home. You can participate online, by mail, or by phone at 844-330-2020, o en Español al numero 844-468-2020.

The Census takes place every ten years and only takes about ten minutes to fill out for yourself and your family. It means more money for local schools, roads, bikeways, parks, and health clinics. It is completely confidential, and the Census Bureau is forbidden by federal law to share your information with anyone or any other governmental department. There is also no citizenship question on the Census, as it was removed by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Salinas Action Team Update

Over the past ten months, the Salinas Action Team for the 2020 Census has collaborated with dozens of community organizations, local governments, and residents to ensure coordinated and grassroots outreach throughout Salinas to ensure a complete count. The Action Team has overseen over 90 outreach events engaging over 3,500 people citywide.

In collaboration with the Census Bureau recruitment and partnership specialists, the State Census 2020 Office, the County of Monterey Complete Count Committee, Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), First Five, and the four school districts in Salinas, the Action Team has been able to reach students, parents, youth, college students, LGBTQ+ populations, religious institutions, homeless persons, farmworkers, H2A seasonal workers, and speakers of various languages such as Mixteco, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Arabic and Hindi.

The Action Team is initiating a large media campaign in March that will include interviews and PSA’s on Radio Bilingue, PSA’s on Radio Campesina, and radio programming on La Preciosa and the Beach radio stations, as well as city social media outreach. The media campaign will also include the canvassing of businesses and installation of Census banners throughout the City.

There will be Census Information Centers at each of our libraries for you and your family to participate in the Census and ask questions. For more information on the 2020 Census Salinas Action Team, or to volunteer, please call 831-758-7027.