This year, FSSA is participating in the state’s Complete Count Committee – helping educate Hoosiers about the decennial process and encouraging participation. Many of the people served by FSSA rely on federal and state programs, and the census numbers drive the dollars for these programs.
FSSA also serves many of the traditionally undercounted populations – children, the elderly and those who reside together in various settings, including what the census refers to as “group quarters.” Older Hoosiers and people with disabilities need to be counted because they need to be represented. Accessibility to the census can be an issue for the aged and disabled, so it’s important that we provide them with the resources they need to be counted. The U.S. Census has this helpful fact sheet to help members of group housing:
It's also important to reach out to caregivers so that they ensure their loved ones are counted.
The U.S. Census has indicated that it will be reaching out to some of your facilities. This is according to the ALA Libraries Guide: “February 2020: The Census Bureau will contact administrators of group quarters (military barracks, college dorms, prisons, and skilled nursing homes, among others) in advance of the enumeration of these locations, which will occur in April.”