The U.S. Census Bureau has designated the National Association of REALTORS® as a National Partner for the upcoming 2020 Census, which will begin in mid-March. In turn, NAR is asking the 1.4 million REALTORS® nationwide to help drive Census participation in their communities.
From January until June 2020, NAR will provide members with resources and tools on the impact of the Census and why it is essential that everyone in the U.S. is counted. The census is important and relevant to all REALTORS® because completing the Census means more resources for businesses and communities across the country.
In addition to determining appropriate Congressional representation, roughly $1.5 trillion is allocated to states and localities annually based on Census results – delivering funds for roads, hospitals, schools and countless other public services. More specifically, this year’s results will influence the allocation of $93.5 billion to Federal Direct Student Loans, $19.3 billion to Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and $12 billion to the National School Lunch Program.
All U.S. households will receive an invitation to participate in the Census by April 1, 2020, which is National Census Day. The census survey can be completed by phone, by mail and online at 2020census.gov from mid-March until June 30, 2020.
NAR has created this Census Guide to help members share with clients and others in your areas. The guide includes important census dates, how NAR uses census data, ways REALTORS® can be involved and more.