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The United States Constitution requires that a census of America’s population be taken every ten years as mandated by Article I, Section 2. The goal of the 2020 Census is to ensure that every resident in the United States is counted. The U.S. Constitution mandates an apportionment of representatives among the states for the House of Representatives every 10 years. CENSUS EXTENDED DAY is August 14, 2020.

The data collected by the decennial census is used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau must deliver a report of population counts to the President of the United States on or before December 31, 2020.

In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape your community's future. Through your social media channels, your voice can make a difference! 

You can inspire others. Tell everyone—your friends and family, neighbors and co-workers—that you will complete the census, and that they should respond now, too!Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more

COVID-19 & 2020 Census Update: Extended Deadline 

Dear Friends,

As we face this unprecedented public health crisis together, we remain steadfast in our resolve to ensure everyone in our community is counted during the 2020 Census. Emergencies like the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shine a spotlight on the importance of accurate census data, which determine funding for schools, hospitals, housing, infrastructure and health programs in our communities.

Self-responding to the Census is the easiest way to make sure you are safely counted amid this crisis, as it can be done online, over the phone, or by mail. Making sure you are counted now ensures you do not receive an in-person visit from an enumerator down the line. The Census Bureau is suspending all field operations until April 1, but has extended the self-responding period to August 14 

Residents can easily and safely self-respond to the census online at https://my2020census.gov or over the phone in English by dialing 844-330-2020 or Spanish at 844-468-2020. Households do not need an ID code to respond to the Census online or by phone.

Questions about the Census?  

Please reach out to my office at TX15DistrictOfficeMail@mail.house.gov or https://gonzalez.house.gov/contact.

To receive additional updates from my office on COVID-19 and resources, please sign up for my newsletter or share this link with others. 

We remain ready to serve as a trusted resource for our partners and community during this extraordinary public health crisis. For the sake of the present and future of our communities, COVID-19 will not deter our efforts to make sure that our community is fully counted.

Vicente Gonzalez


City Mayor Richard Molina Encourages Everyone to Participate!

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