Hey South Florida! Did you know that during 2014-2018, 15.3% of Florida’s households had either no home internet subscription or dial up-only, according to the latest American Community Survey estimates. 7.8% of the state’s households had a cellular data plan only, which may be costly to use for non-essential services.
In 2020 for the first time, the Census Bureau will be urging most households to submit their census responses online. See this FAQ about technology issues & different ways to participate in the 2020 Census. Click here to complete the 2020 Census now!
Census supporters can use the HTC map to identify areas where households may have difficulty filling out the 2020 census questionnaire online. Click here to display the internet access slider. In tracts where a large share of households have no internet subscription, public libraries and others may be able to provide online access for households with no internet access.
However, all households receiving census materials in the mail or dropped off at their door have the option of submitting responses by phone or using a paper questionnaire. In areas with poor internet access, census supporters can emphasize the availability of these other two response methods.
Finally, tracts with limited internet access represent areas where people will need help accessing the internet to apply for census jobs.
DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED
Census bureau has stated it would extend the deadline for collecting census data, now Aug. 15, to Oct. 31, and would begin reopening its field offices — which have been shuttered since mid-March — sometime after June 1. The bureau has also said would ask that delivery of the final census figures be postponed to April 30, 120 days beyond the existing Dec. 31 deadline. That would mean that state legislatures would get final population figures for drawing new maps as late as July 31, 2021.
Why Complete the 2020 Census?
According to the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, Institutions across the state, including foundations, routinely rely on data from the census to allocate funding, define where services are delivered and promote economic development. Florida has so much at stake, and we need to ensure a fair and accurate census. FPN & FNA have been traveling the state since 2018. We have visited a dozen cities with many more to come!
More than one third (33.2%) of Florida’s general revenues come from federal aid ($25.5 billion). Without an accurate Census, Florida residents could be denied the full funding they deserve and need – and elected officials won’t be able to make informed decisions for your constituents for more than a decade on a range of issues.