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    Census 2020

    Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, parishes, and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy.

    What is a census?

    Every ten years, the United States conducts a census, which provides an official count of the U.S. population and information about demographic changes that occurred over the past ten years. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.

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    What is my role?

    Participate: The success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. It is a way to participate in our democracy and say, "I COUNT."
    Partner: The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate. Partners are critical to the success of a complete and accurate count in 2020.

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    What are the benefits?

    Federal funds, grants, and support to states, parishes, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by age, race, and other factors. A community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. The results are critically important because this once-a-decade census data helps businesses, researchers, and communities make decisions.

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    Stay up to date on news and events related to the 2020 Census by visiting the United States Census Bureau website.


    HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CENSUS

     

    1. GET THE FACTS

    Census day is April 1st, 2020, but a lot is already being done to prepare for the census at both the national and local levels. Learn More..

    2. BE READY TO TAKE THE CENSUS

    It's safe, fast, and important. Come April 2020, you'll have three convenient ways of taking the census.

    Online

    The 2020 Census will be the first to allow you to respond online in 13 different languages. Read More...

    Mail

    As in previous years, you can fill out and submit a paper census form by mail.
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    Phone

    If you would prefer to speak with a census enumerator, you can call in your census response. Read More...

    How does the Census impact you?

    The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation — our population, where we live, and so much more. Federal funds, grants and support to states, parishes, and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race, and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone.

    Redrawing of congressional district boundaries

    State officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.


    Allocation of federal funding


    The federal government bases a large amount of its spending decisions on census data. Information from the census is used to determine how the funds are allocated for federally funded services such as housing for low-income families, transportation, public safety, hospitals and health care, etc.


    Influences economic development decisions


    Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, which creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality of life, and consumer advocacy.


    Terrebonne Complete Count Committee

    The Complete Count Committees (CCC) program is key to creating awareness educating communities all across the country.


    Terrebonne Parish held stakeholder meetings to begin developing strategies to reach all our residents in the 2020 Census. The committee is charged with obtaining an accurate and complete population count for Terrebonne Parish by educating residents on why the census is important and motivating them respond to the 2020 Census. The committee facilitates the planning and implementation of the committee’s outreach and engagement strategies at all levels.


    Steering Committee

    The chairperson collaborates with the highest elected official or community leaders to select subcommittee members. The Steering Committee is responsible for coordinating subcommittee work, providing guidance on best community engagement practices, and serving as liaison between committee co-chairs and subcommittees.

    Steering Committee Members
    • Alton Johnson, Child Welfare & Attendance Supervisor, Terrebonne Parish School District
    • Angi Charpentier, Development Supervisor, Terrebonne Parish Information Technology
    • Brian Rodrigue, Network Administrator, Terrebonne Parish Information Technology
    • Cassie Parker, Planner, South Central Planning & Development Commission
    • Christopher Pulaski, Director, Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning
    • John Foret, Dulac Community Center
    • Katie Dehart, Isle de Jean Charles Band of BCC
    • Kim Vauclin, Child Welfare & Attendance Supervisor, Terrebonne Parish School District
    • Lawrence DeHart, Director, Terrebonne Churches Food Bank
    • Mary Cosper-LeBoeuf, Director, Terrebonne Parish Library
    • Nicole M. Bourgeois, PhD, LMFT, Catholic Charities
    • Reggie Dupre, Director, Terrebonne Levee & Conservation District
    • Tara Lambeth, Assistant Director, Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning
    Subcommittees

    Community

    Executive directors from community organizations, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) directors, leaders of fraternities and sororities, membership and non-membership organizations, and advocacy groups. Most major cities have offices that cater to the needs of immigrant, refugee, and minority populations, etc.

    • Coordinates the building of coalitions with community organizations that serve the special needs of various racial, ethnic, cultural, civic, fraternal and advocacy groups, immigrants, and people with disabilities.

    Education

    Educational leaders, superintendents, principals, school district administrators, charter school administrators, teachers, students, Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), teacher organizations, and university housing coordinators.

    • Creates, facilitates, and coordinates census awareness activities among the various educational levels from prekindergarten to post-graduate, including day care centers, Head Start programs, and parochial, private, charter, and home schools.
    • Raises awareness through adult education and English Language Learner Programs.
    Government

    Elected officials, city/parish planners, demographers, cartographers, and municipal employees.

    • Represents local government in all programs between the Census Bureau and local government, such as new construction programs and others.
    • Elected officials are aware of and are included in committee activities.

    Media

    Local media representatives, communication directors, bloggers, publishers and editors of neighborhood newspapers, graphic designers, social media users, and ethnic media representatives.

    • Assists the committee in communicating census messages to all.
    • Facilitates communication of the committee messages through multiple channels, such as ethnic media, local newsletters, electronic bulletins, local Web sites, and social media venues.
    • Assists the community organizations in utilizing census toolkit materials that enable organizations to innovate.
    • Counters false and misinformation about the census.
    Tribal Government

    Community members authorized, on behalf of their tribal government, to conduct a Census 2020 awareness campaign throughout the tribe’s jurisdiction and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

    News and Events

    Stay up to date with the latest news and find upcoming events near you for CountDaBayou - Census 2020.

    Upcoming Events

    Present to Parish Council
    February 19, 2020

    Event Date: 02/19/2020



    Council on Aging Mardi Gras Social for Seniors
    February 19, 2020

    Event Date: 02/19/2020



    March for the Wetlands,
    Montegut Rec Center
    March 7, 2020

    Event Date: 03/07/2020



    Census 2020 Outreach
    Bayou Home Show & Cannata’s Festival of Food
    March 14, 2020

    Event Date: 03/14/2020



    Census 2020 Outreach
    Craftin' Cajuns - Craft Show
    March 21, 2020

    Event Date: 03/21/2020



    Census 2020 Outreach
    Downtown Live After 5
    March 27, 2020

    Event Date: 03/27/2020


    Census 2020 Outreach
    Houma Louisiana Wedding Expo
    March 31, 2020

    Event Date: 03/31/2020






    Census Day at the Main Library
    Smaller events at Other Libraries
    April 1st, 2020

    Event Date: 04/01/2020



    Census 2020 Outreach
    Southdown Marketplace
    April 4th, 2020

    Event Date: 04/04/2020


    Census 2020 Outreach
    SLECA event, Civic Center
    April 17, 2020

    Event Date: 04/17/2020


    Census 2020 Outreach
    Good Earth Market/Healthy Kids Day, Wetlands Discovery Center
    April 18, 2020

    Event Date: 04/18/2020


    Census 2020 Outreach
    Lemonade Day and Maker’s Fair, Main Library
    May 2, 2020

    Event Date: 05/02/2020


    Past Events


    Census 2020 Outreach
    Christmas Festival
    December 7th

    Event Date: 12/7/2019

    Census 2020 Outreach
    Downtown Demonstration Day
    December 13th and 14th

    Event Date: 12/13/2019 & 12/14/2019


    Census 2020 Outreach
    Boat & RV show
    January 10th - 12th

    Event Date: 01/10/2020 - 01/12/2020



    Census 2020 Outreach
    SOUPer bowl
    Jan 25, 2020

    Event Date: 01/25/2020



    Maria Immacolata Church Resource Fair
    Jan 25, 2020

    Event Date: 01/25/2020


    Census 2020 Outreach
    Point in Time Survey
    Jan 28, 2020

    Event Date: 01/28/2020


    Census 2020 Outreach
    Bayou Region Nonprofit Presentation
    Jan 30, 2020

    Event Date: 01/30/2020

    Want to learn more?

    Census 2020

    Census 101

    Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census.
    Read More...

    News & Events

    See the latest news releases and statements from the U.S. Census Bureau. Also, find upcoming events, and useful information for media.
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    Census Jobs

    The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

    Read More...

    Stay up to date on news and events related to the 2020 Census by visiting the United States Census Bureau website.

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