Happy September, everyone! We hope this message finds you doing well, escaping the monstrous heat of the late Houston summer. As the year draws closer and closer to its end, we look forward to many things. Fall colors, cooler weather, and the holidays all make the list, but we would like to remind you that this autumn is a special one. You see, next year is 2020, and it marks a very important year for the U.S. government. Monumental Presidential Election aside, 2020 is a Census year!
While this doesn’t usually mean much for the average American, we have had some reports from clients that have had disconcerting experiences regarding the Census. Namely, folks have seen individuals walking through their neighborhood with badges, briefcases, and clipboards, occasionally asking people some personal questions. While on the surface this seems worrying, these people are Census employees who are simply canvassing the neighborhood and verifying addresses for the Census. The good news is that, thanks to satellite imagery, the Census Bureau was able to verify 65% of addresses without the need of in-person verification. This means that, most likely, your neighborhood will not be subjected to visits from these “listers”. For more information about which areas will be visited by these people, click here to visit an interactive Census map.
However, should you see someone in your neighborhood acting in an odd manner that has a briefcase and clipboard, there are ways to verify that this person is in fact a Census worker. First, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge. A valid badge will have the following:
· U.S. Department of Commerce watermark
· Expiration Date
If you still have reservations about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 and speak with a local Census Bureau Representative to confirm the worker’s presence.
While these visits are completely normal and to be expected, we understand that they can create some “buzz” in your neighborhood. We want you, dear reader, to be cognizant of current events, and know that there is no need for worry.
If you would like more information on the 2020 Census and Address Canvassing, please visit www.census.gov. In the meantime, stay cool and remember: Setting Life Goals Is Your Challenge… Helping Secure Them Is Ours