What is the Census? Every 10 years the United States and territories take a count. The decennial Census counts everyone, voters and non-voters, children and adults, citizens and non-citizens. One person per household can respond online or by phone, and there are just nine questions. Click here to respond to the U.S. Census.
The U.S. Census Bureau needs to hire 500,000 people across the country in order to count every resident. Starting pay in Boston is $25/hour, the schedule is flexible, and the employment is temporary. Bilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply and non-citizens may be eligible depending on hiring progress. These jobs are crucial for making sure hard-to-count communities get the funding and representation they deserve! We'll have Census staff available to assist with the application and laptops on which to apply!
A local organization wants volunteers for a campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census to make sure that all Jamaica Plain residents are counted. "JPNDC is launching a Census 2020 campaign because much of our community -- especially immigrants, people of color, and low-income households -- is at high risk of being undercounted," said a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) email newsletter. "If we're not counted, we lose resources and representation in government!" The JPNDC breaks down on its website why the U.S. Census is vital to Jamaica Plain, Boston and Massachusetts residents. The census is required by the US constitution.