Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Victoria Kovari, Detroit 2020 Census Executive Director and Kerry Ebersole Singh, Michigan 2020 Census Executive Director joined state and Detroit census officials in detailing how the census is critical, confidential, and convenient. (Video shot by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

   

 
 

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“The Census matters because it’s an opportunity for our state to show our strength in numbers,” Gilchrist said at Monday’s 2020 Census town hall at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit." (Video shot by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

  State and local leaders join in urging Detroiters to be counted in 2020 Census

Detroit town hall highlights how the census is critical, confidential, convenient

DETROIT — Leaders from Detroit and the state of Michigan on Monday urged Detroiters and all Michiganders to Be Counted in the 2020 Census at a special town hall event. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined state and Detroit census officials in detailing how the census is critical, confidential, and convenient.

The 2020 Census will determine how much federal funding Michigan receives for essential services and shape our state’s representation in Washington, D.C., over the next decade. Nearly $30 billion annually — including $5,500 per Detroiter — and a congressional seat are at stake.

“The Census matters because it’s an opportunity for our state to show our strength in numbers,” Gilchrist said at Monday’s 2020 Census town hall at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit. “Each neighborhood and city is built upon the strong foundation of the people who live there. That’s why we are visiting communities around the state to remind everyone to Be Counted.”

“The census is an opportunity to demonstrate your pride in being a Michigander, and help ensure we claim what’s ours,” Gilchrist said at Monday’s 2020 Census town hall at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit. “Funding from the census supports police and fire services, schools, seniors, affordable housing and health care. Making sure everyone living in Detroit is counted is critical to the success of our city and the entire state.”

Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will begin hitting mailboxes March 12.

“The 2020 Census form includes nine questions and takes less than 10 minutes to complete,” said Kerry Ebersole Singh, Michigan 2020 Census Executive Director. “But those 10 minutes can benefit our state for the next 10 years.”

Michiganders will be asked their name, age, gender, ethnicity, race, number of people in the household, anyone living in their house on April 1, 2020, if they own or rent their home, and their phone number.

“We see new and more complex cyberthreats emerge every day,” Nessel said at the event. “That’s why I’m proud to announce the 2020 Census is confidential and secure. That means your information won’t be shared with anyone.”

Efforts continue at the state and national levels to protect personal information online. At the federal level, census data are encrypted and stored on the U.S. Census Bureau’s private, internal network isolated from the internet. The Census Bureau also monitors its digital traffic around the clock and uses special software to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on the network.

Officials at Monday’s event explained how it’s never been more convenient to fill out your census form. Starting in 2020, there will be three ways to fill out the census: by mail, phone or — for the first time — online.

“The census is easy, it’s secure and if you live in Detroit, we need you to be counted as a Detroiter,” said Victoria Kovari, Detroit 2020 Census Executive Director. “The new online option has made it easier than ever to complete your census form from your computer, tablet or smartphone.”

The goal of the Michigan 2020 Census town hall tour is to communicate the importance of completing the census, dispel myths and explain how participating in the census is more convenient than ever.






 

 

 

   
 
 

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