2020 Census

What is Census?

The Census is a population count of everyone who lives in the U.S. that happens every ten years. The federal government counts people in order to make sure that funding for programs is equally distributed. In addition, congressional districts and other political boundaries are based on the Census. Everyone is counted regardless of their immigration status.

Taking part is your civic duty, complete the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and inclusive Census count for our city and fair distribution of political power and funding from the federal government.

How to participate in 2020 Census ?

Starting in March, every household will have the option of responding online, by phone, or by mail. Note: 2020 Census Timeline has updated. Self-Response (online, phone, mail) has been extended to October 31st. Census Bureau workers will start non-response follow up to residential addresses from August 11th to October 31st.

  • Online https://my2020census.gov/
  • Phone







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    Over 14 languages are provided to assist every household to complete his/her Census 2020 questionnaire. For additional language phonelines, please click here.

  • Mail
    Starting from April 8 to April 16, you will receive the English paper questionnaire in mail. After answering all the questions, you can mail the questionnaire back with the enclosed Business Reply Envelope.

How to fill out your 2020 Census?

  1. Keep an eye on the Census 2020 invitation in your mailbox starting March 12. You will expect:
    • A Letter invitation with the 12-digit "Census ID #" will be mailed to every household
    • Invitation is in English
    • Includes "Language Assistance" sheet (Information on phone lines in difference languages)
    • You do not need the invitation or Census ID # to complete the Census.
  2. List of questions that are on the 2020 Census Questionnaire:
    • Number of people in the household
    • If the home is owned or rented
    • Telephone number (for household)
    • Each person's name, sex, age, birthdate, and race/ethnicity
    • Whether the person usually lives at that home
    • Relationship of each resident to the head of household
    • The Census will not ask about citizenship status, social security number, or for any financial information.
  3. Find a Self-Help for the Elderly Questionnaire Assistance Center in your county:

    Chinatown Neighborhood Access Point
    Address: 601 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
    Hours: Monday to Friday, 9AM - 5PM

    San Mateo Activity Center
    Address: 50 East Fifth Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
    Hours: Wednesdays, 9AM - 4PM

    South Bay Community Center
    Address: 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    Hours: Fridays, 9AM - 4PM

    Lincoln Court Activity Center
    Address: 2400 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602
    Hours: Not accessible to the general public.

Say “I COUNT!” – Special Raffle Drawing

To encourage hard-to-count community's early participation on completing the 2020 Census questionnaire during the self-response period before May 15, 2020, Self-Help for the Elderly is hosting a special raffle drawing to draw FOUR lucky participants to win $1,010 each.

Raffle drawing dates:

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (Two lucky drawings with $1,010 each)

Saturday, October 31, 2020 (Two lucky drawings with $1,010 each)

Enroll in the Raffle Drawing

To participate, one must:

  • Complete the 2020 Census questionnaire and able to provide confirmation by May 15, 2020.
  • Reside in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda counties

Enroll in the Raffle Drawing once completing the Census:

Access the enroll form: http://bit.ly/SHECensus2020 or scan the above QR Code and submit your contact info to enroll. Or submit your contact info to our Census Outreach staff at: Census2020@selfhelpelderly.org or (415) 677-7527 or (415) 677-7511.

Make a difference in your community by completing the 2020 Census

  • The Census is about representation. Filling out the Census is a way to make sure your family and community is counted, heard, and visible: in Congress, elections, and local services and programs.
  • The Census gets your voice heard. Participating in the Census is an important way to make sure that you, your family, and your community’s voice is heard by our leaders.
  • The Census improves our local resources. Census data gets us federal funding for health care and medical insurance, social services, affordable housing, local transportation, and so much more that have real benefits for our community.
  • The Census impacts our children’s future. Census data helps getting the healthcare, transportation, schools, affordable housing, and higher education that our children need to lead healthy and successful lives.
  • The Census gets us resources for the next ten years. Census data helps fund programs for students like Title 1, Special Education Grants, Pell Grants, Head Start, and other critical educational programs.

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