WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
The Census is a physical count of all people living in the United States, that takes places every 10 years. Census participation is required by law.
WHO WILL BE COUNTED?
Census forms are filled out by household and every person living in the household counts regardless of legal status. This includes citizens and non-citizens of all ages, as well as children living in the U.S.
HOW DO I RESPOND TO THE CENSUS?
For the first time, respondents will have the option to respond online using the unique Census ID that will be mailed to you. The online form will be available in the Arabic language and can be completed on a smartphone or desktop. You can also respond by phone or mail.
HOW TO FILL OUT “RACE AND ETHNICITY” QUESTION
An important part of completing the Census form will be to write in your family’s origin (ethnic background) to ensure an accurate count of out community.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRE?
Beginning mid-March, Households will receive a postcard with instructions to participate in the Census online at 2020census.gov. Census Bureau employees will follow up in-person at addresses that have not been counted, through spring and summer 2020.
WHY IS THE CENSUS IMPORTANT?
Without a complete and accurate count, we stand to lose congressional representation, federal funding for programs that matter to you and your family including healthcare, housing, nutritional assistance, kid’s school lunches and other community services.
The 2010 Census numbers indicated that there were only 45,000 Chaldeans living in Michigan. An independent study conducted by the University of Michigan Dearborn, the Chaldean Community Foundation and the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce counted nearly 160,000 Chaldeans in Michigan.
THE CENSUS WILL NOT ASK ABOUT:
- Social Security Number
- Citizenship Status
- Bank Information
The law strictly prohibits sharing of a respondent’s personal information with any agency including immigration and law enforcement agencies. The U.S. government will not release personally identifiable information about an individual to any other individual or agency until 72 years after it was collected for the decennial census.
If you don’t have access to a computer or have questions about completing the Census questionnaire, please visit the Chaldean Community Foundation at 3601 15 Mile Rd., Sterling Heights, MI 48310 or by calling (586) 722-7253.