With less than one week before the 2020 Census becomes available online, Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives J. Phillip Thompson, and NYC Census 2020 Director Julie Menin called upon New Yorkers to participate in the 2020 Census to ensure that New York City receives its fair share of hundreds of billions in federal funding for important programs and services, as well as its fair share of representation in Congress.

The New York City Census Bureau says that “the more New Yorkers who fill out the census, the more money the city receives for public education, healthcare, housing, roads and bridges, and so much more.”

This year, the census will be available online or via phone for the first time, making the census easier than ever to complete.

According to the New York City Census Bureau, the city “has taken serious measures to ensure a complete and accurate count in the 2020 Census, which determines the city’s future for the next 10 years.” In 2019, along with many partners, the city prevailed at the Supreme Court against the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the census, an effort specifically designed to spread fear and depress participation.

In addition, the de Blasio administration and the City Council have together provided $40 million in funding to support the NYC Complete Count Campaign, which is housed at NYC Census 2020 and led by director Julie Menin.

The census is for everyone, no matter one’s immigration or citizenship status, or housing situa tion, and all New Yorkers — no matter what language they speak or where or how they live — must be counted.

“In a matter of days we need to make sure that every New Yorker is counted regardless of immigration status or where they live in any of the five boroughs,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I encourage everybody to make their voices be heard sooner rather than later by filling out the census online or by phone. Our resources for a better future are at stake and we don’t want to wait another 10 years for the next census.”

“The importance of counting every New Yorker cannot be overstated. Millions of dollars in federal funds are at stake for our schools, our roads,

our hospitals, our housing,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “Trump and his administration wanted to intimidate us so that New York wouldn’t get an accurate count, but we are putting all our efforts into proving them wrong, together. I’m proud of the council’s and the mayor’s commitment of $40 million dollars to ensure a complete count— the largest investment of any city in the nation. Starting March 12, New Yorkers will be able to complete the census form, including online and over the phone. Filling out the census is fast, easy and secure, and can be filled out in multiple languages. I will be filling out my questionnaire. We cannot afford to fall short. We will not fall short. I encourage all New Yorkers to complete the census so that our City is counted fully.”

“Make no mistake —despite being one of the foundations of our democracy and the exercise meant to facilitate access to the resources and repre sentation that are rightfully ours, the census has been weaponized against, and has undercounted, black and brown communities since the earliest days of our nation,” said J. Phillip Thompson, deputy mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. “This year, we’re not going to let that happen. The only way we’re going to make the census count for us and help to narrow the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘havenots’ in our nation is if we are counted. Don’t give into the fear — go online and stand up for your community and your city.”

“New York City has been losing out on funds for schools, hospitals, and more because only 62 percent of New Yorkers selfresponded to the 2010 Census,” said NYC Census 2020 Director Julie Menin. “This year, we need to make that 100 percent. That is why, coupled with the need to combat the misinformation and disinformation being spread by those who want to create fear, we have worked with hundreds of partners to run the largest coordinated municipal campaign in the country; nothing will deter us in our fight for a complete and accurate count this year.”

Carlos Menchaca, co-chair of the New York City Council Census Task Force said, “Our message to New Yorkers is simple — the census is safe, easy, and vitally important,” and added, “Your immigration status does not matter. “ he said this is a count of everyone, and the government is prohibited from sharing your information. Everything the government funds — from schools, to healthcare, to our streets — is based on how many people they think live in New York City. Let’s show them we are here and are to be counted.”

“It’s imperative that every New Yorker knows how important it is to fill out the census starting next week. But New Yorkers should also know that the census is completely safe and confidential to fill out, and I am working around the clock to continue that education so we achieve a complete count,” said Carlina Rivera, co-chair of the New York City Council Census Task Force. “Billions of dollars in federal funding and congressional representation are at stake. I want to thank everyone who has joined us in making unprecedented investments for this effort, including the Mayor’s Office, our community-based organizations, labor unions, and trusted non-profits. Now let’s get counting.”

“In just one week all New Yorkers — regardless of immigration status — can begin to raise our voices to fight for our fair share of federal funding and political representation by exercising our right to get counted in the 2020 Census,” said Bitta Mostofi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “Participating in the census is safe, and you can get counted online, over the phone, via a paper form, or at your local library, in 13 languages. The census form has no questions about citizenship or immigration status. This is a time for all our residents to exercise their power without fear and right to be counted, declaring proudly, ‘I am a New Yorker’”

Important Facts About the 2020 Census

The census is available primarily online and by phone this year: my2020census.gov and 1844-330-2020.

There are no questions related to immigration or citizenship on the 2020 Census. The census contains only 10 questions, and none ask about employment, income, or for one’s Social Security number. The census is for everyone, regardless of immigration or citizenship status or housing situation. New Yorkers living with friends, family members, roommates, other families, or even in unlawful housing units, can and should participate in the 2020 Census.

‘New York City has been losing out on funds for schools, hospitals, and more because only 62 percent of New Yorkers self-responded to the 2010 Census’

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