T.The U.S. Census Bureau urges Los Angeles residents to respond to the 2020 poll.
As of August 10, only 54.9% of Los Angeles residents among the state's 480 cities had replied. And for each person who doesn't respond, the California Treasury Department estimates that state and local governments will lose $ 1,000 annually in federal funds tied to the population over the next 10 years.
"The response rate in the city of Los Angeles is well below that of the state, and it is extremely important that they all be counted," said Patricia Ramos, media specialist for the US Census Bureau.
Nationwide and across California, responses to the 2020 census are on the right track, with more than 62% of households responding online or by phone or mail when they received a paper questionnaire in the mail or on their doorstep.
"However, it is vital that they all be counted," said Ramos. “The results of the 2020 census provide information on planning and financing decisions for such important public services as hospitals and healthcare, emergency and disaster relief, as well as schools and educational programs. In fact, the results of the census will influence decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds will go to communities each year for the next decade. "
Downtown LA has continued to develop over the past decade, she said, and the city center population has increased.
"The regional office is in downtown LA," she said. “Lots of young people are there and USC is in the area. It's a good hub for living in an urban area. "
"For many teens, it may be their first census they take – especially at college age when they are away from home. It's important to spread the word that they have four weeks. You can still do that yourself 2020 census respond. Online it takes a maximum of 10 minutes. "
The website is 2020census.gov. Respondents can also answer by phone in any of the 13 core languages, including English, at 1-844-330-2020. The traditional way of answering is by post.
Population counters also knock on doors. They will follow local public health guidelines when visiting. They wear masks and have completed virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidelines before starting work in the neighborhood.
Staff will ask residents a few questions, including the name, age, race, and gender of everyone who lived in the household on April 1, and will enter the answers on secure Census Bureau phones.
Population counters will not ask for social security numbers, banking information, or citizenship status, and no information will be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies. If nobody is home when the census taker visits, he leaves a message.
Census participants can be easily identified by a valid government ID with their photo, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the ID. To confirm the identity of a census taker, the public can call the Los Angeles Regional Census Center at 213-314-6500 to speak to a representative from the Census Bureau.
"They knocked on the doors on August 11th," she added. “The city of LA – the entire city of LA – currently accounts for 54.9% of the population. We still have a long way to go. It is the second largest city in the country and we won't leave anyone out. "
The door-to-door censuses are not responsible for counting the homeless. This will be done towards the end of September.
"We are working very closely with non-profit groups as well as city and government officials to ensure that people affected by homelessness are not left behind," said Ramos.
"They have to be taken into account so that programs can be offered that will help them and hopefully improve their situation."