Need to complete the 2020 census? The clock is ticking.

census taker knocks on door
census taker knocks on door
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 2020 Census will end in just over a month on Sept. 30. Because of the shortened deadline, local leaders are encouraging residents across the region to respond now or risk losing federal dollars for vital community services.

“We cannot understate the importance of getting a complete and accurate count of Kansas City residents,” said Cris Medina, chief executive officer of Guadalupe Centers. “All people should be counted, especially those of color, immigrants and disadvantaged residents.”

In total, census data guides the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds each year to support programs in states and local communities, such as Head Start, school lunch programs, health care and public transportation services. An undercount in 2020 of just 1% could cost the Kansas City region more than $48 million each year over the next decade.

Completing the census is safe and easy. Residents can visit 2020Census.gov to fill out the form online. They can respond by phone by calling 844-330-2020 (English) and 844-468-2020 (Spanish). If a household received the paper survey, they can complete the form and return it by mail.

With funding support from the Health Forward Foundation and the REACH Healthcare Foundation, MARC has convened meetings of the Kansas City Regional Complete Count Committee, which includes local government officials, community-based organizations and business representatives, faith-based leaders, school officials and others.

Learn more about regional outreach efforts at Census2020KC.org.