Op-Ed: Check your mail

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By Julie Menin, Director of NYC Census 2020 

Have you checked your mail lately? 

If you’re one of the New Yorkers that hasn’t responded to the 2020 Census yet, you might have noticed a postcard in your mailbox from the Census Bureau. 

Don’t worry — you’re not in trouble. But your community could be if you aren’t counted.

These postcards and mailers are just another way the Census Bureau is trying to make sure every one of us is counted. After all, there’s a good chance you have other things on your mind. Now more than ever, we all have new and urgent priorities in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, so it might be easy to lose sight of things like the 2020 Census. But the COVID-19 pandemic also highlights just how much we all depend on our public services, and that we need a complete 2020 Census count to keep them fully funded and functioning for years to come. 

With that in mind, the Census Bureau sends reminders to help make sure no one gets left behind. And in fact, some of these latest mailers even contain the mail-in version of the 2020 Census form — so if you haven’t responded because of issues with your internet or phone, now you have a backup option. 

We encourage you to respond right away to ensure that you and your family are fully counted. 

So if you found a census mailer in your mailbox, let that be the inspiration you need to get counted. It only takes 10 minutes, and you can also do it online at my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020 to complete it over the phone. 

Already filled your form out? The work doesn’t end there. Help make sure your families, friends, and neighbors are also getting counted. Remember, these resources are shared between all of us. We’re all in this together. Let’s make it count.

Making Sense of the Census” is a weekly column from Julie Menin, Director of NYC Census 2020.  Every week we will be publishing pieces from Julie and guest authors laying out the facts and answering tough questions about this year’s census. Fill out the census now at my2020census.gov

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