Census 2020

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020

Young family holding babyYou may have seen us promoting a lot of information about the Census coming up and been wondering why a community service agency would care so much about the government counting people.

Well it’s because the Census directly impacts the services we are able to provide to the residents of Butte County. Programs like our Esplanade House, Weatherization, Food Bank, etc.

Why it's Important

We are a partner with the Census Bureau and the State's Complete Count Committee, and are the lead representative for our county’s low-income “hard-to count” population.

Community Action Partnership, our national office, is part of the Census Counts campaign, which involves more than 15 national organizations and dozens of community partners working together to make sure that the 2020 Census is fair and accurate.

The Census responses help determine what vital programs are funded, where county lines should be drawn and how many political representatives each county and city gets. So yeah, it’s pretty important to us and you!

Here are some of the programs that the Census data supports on the federal level:

Housing and Infrastructure

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
  • Highway planning and construction
  • Fostercare (Title IV-E)


  • Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies
  • Headstart
  • Special Education Grants (IDEA)
  • Improving Teacher Quality State Grants


  • MediCal and MediCare Part B
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • SNAP/CalFresh
  • The USDA’s National School Lunch Program
  • Capital Assistance Program for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities


What Will it Look Like?

The Census will begin on April 1st, 2020. It is a series of 10 questions about you and those who live in your household. This is done once every 10 years to count every person in the country!

All your information is secure and cannot be used by law enforcement agencies or for benefit eligibility purposes. 

All census workers take a legally binding oath to protect your information and the system that stores it is highly secure. 

Questions can be answered online, over the phone, on paper or in person. It is in 59 languages online, 13 languages over the phone, and in English and Spanish on paper. It is so important for everyone to be counted so we have systems in place to ensure that happens. 

Starting in the beginning of March, households will receive information on how to fill out the Census. So be on the lookout and help to show that we all count.

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