Six weeks left to make NYC count in the 2020 Census
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BRONX TIMES REPORTER,12 AUGUST 14-20, 2020 BTR
BY JULIE MENIN, DIRECTOR OF
NYC CENSUS 2020
Listen up, NYC. The next six weeks
will defi ne the next 10 years.
The 2020 Census is set to end on Sept.
30, which gives us just a few weeks left
to be counted. And right now, almost
half of our city is in danger of being
left out. If these New Yorkers aren’t
counted, it will cost our communities
hundreds of billions of dollars in funding
we need and deserve over the next
decade. As we recover from COVID-19,
we will need all the aid we can get.
Let’s break the numbers down.
Right now, NYC has a census response
rate of just about 55%, trailing
the national average by nearly 10
points. 1.7 million NYC households are
at risk of going undercounted, which
would mean New York could only
get half of our fair share of the $1.5
trillion in federal funding distributed
according to the census count every
Not only that, but we could also
lose two representatives in Congress,
weakening our voice in government at
a moment when we need it most. And
now, we only have six weeks left to get
our numbers up.
We’re facing a critical moment in
our history, and the census will shape
the direction we take. The funding we
need for our schools, for our affordable
housing, for our health system
and emergency services, senior centers,
and so much more all depend on
the census. In fact, when a COVID-19
vaccine is developed, the census will
help determine how those vaccines are
distributed to communities across the
We cannot afford an undercount.
Every single New Yorker counts, regardless
of age or immigration status,
and we need every single one counted
to make sure we get the resources and
representation we deserve.
The 2020 Census is only 10 questions
and takes less than 10 minutes to
complete. Fill out the 2020 Census now
at my2020census.gov or call any of the
phone numbers below to complete the
questionnaire over the phone with a
Census Bureau representative. You
can fi ll it out online or over the phone
in 13 languages — all you need is your
Time is running out fast. Make sure
that you are not counted out.
• English: 844-330-2020
• Spanish: 844-468-2020
• Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-
• Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-
• Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
• Korean: 844-392-2020
• Russian: 844-417-2020
• Arabic: 844-416-2020
• Tagalog: 844-478-2020
• Polish: 844-479-2020
• French: 844-494-2020
• Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
• Portuguese: 844-474-2020
• Japanese: 844-460-2020
Julie Menin is Director of NYC Census
2020 and Executive Assistant Corporation
Counsel, NYC Law Department.
Julie Menin, director of NYC Census 2020. (File photo)