Census 2020

Cameron County Complete Count Committee

Cameron County is excited to announce the partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census! As a partner, we’ll be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented.

Census Day!

April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census. When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. Census Day will be celebrated with events across the country.

The Census is an official count or survey of a population, typically recording various details of individuals.  The Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. The Census is taken every 10 years.

The population totals from the census determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw their legislative and school districts.  The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

  • Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.
  • Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education..
  • Census data helps communities respond to natural disasters and secure funding for hospitals and fire departments
  • Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare—including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
  • Census results affect planning and funding for employment and training—including programs for vocational rehabilitation state grants, dislocated workers, and American Indian and Alaska Native employment and training.
  • The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.

COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRE ONLINE:

www.2020CENSUS.gov

Instructional Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXg1_1HHKzA&feature=youtu.be

Response Sites

Response Sites will be available throughout Cameron County for the community.  Computers will be made available to individuals to complete their census questionnaire online.

Locations:

Cameron County Clerk’s Office (Judicial) 974 East Harrison St.
2nd Floor
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 550-1327
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
Contact:
Sylvia Garza-Perez
Cameron County Clerk’s Office (Administrative) 835 East Levee St., 3rd Floor
Brownsville, Texas 78520
(956) 550-1327
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
Contact:
Sylvia Garza-Perez
Mary P. Lucio Health Center 1204 Jose Colunga Jr. St.
Brownsville, Texas 78520
(956) 247-3695
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
Contact:
Veronica Ramirez

 

Cameron County Clerk’s Office 1390 W. Expressway 83
San Benito, Texas 78586
(956) 247-3513
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
Contact:
Sylvia Garza-Perez
San Benito Public Health Clinic 1390 W. Expressway 83
San Benito, Texas 78586
(956) 247-3513
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
Contact:
Veronica Ramirez
Landrum Complex
FACE Department
450 S. Dowling St.
(956) 361-6310
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Luis Gonzales, Jr.
Fred Booth
Elementary
705 Zaragoza St.
(956) 361-6860
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Eufemia S. Garcia
Dr. C. M. Cash
Elementary
400 Poinciana St.
(956) 361-6700
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Rosemary Delgado
Judge Oscar de la
Fuente Elementary
2700 S. Sam Houston
(956) 361-6820
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Frances Gonzalez
Ed Downs
Fine Arts Academy
1302 N. Dowling
(956) 361-6720
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Frances Q. Garcia
Dr. Raul Garza Jr.
STEAM Academy
845 Eighth St.
(956) 361-6900
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Imelda Nino
La Encantada Elementary 35001 FM 1577
(956) 361-6760
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Sandra Leal
La Paloma Elementary 35076 Padilla St.
(956) 361-6780
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Albert Tamez
Angela G. Leal
Elementary
33356 FM 732
(956) 276-5055
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Parent Specialist
Rangerville Elementary 17558 Landrum Park
(956) 361-6840
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Nellie Chirinos
Frank Roberts
Elementary
451 Biddle St.
(956) 361-6740
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Ben Gomez
Sullivan ES
Academy
900 Elizabeth
(956) 361-6880
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Lupita Cervantes
Berta Cabaza Middle School 2901 Shafer Rd.
(956) 361-6600
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Rene Chirinos
Miller Jordan Middle School 700 N. McCullough
(956) 361-6650
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Dalia Cantu
Riverside
Middle School
35428 Padilla St.
(956) 361-6940
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Elizabeth Medina
Veterans Memorial Academy 2115 N. Williams Rd.
(956) 276-6000
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Benny Saenz
San Benito
High School
450 S. Williams Rd.
(956) 361-6500
Hours: Mon. – Fri.
7:30 am –4:30 pm
Contact:
Adriana Guerra
Harlingen Public Health Center 711 N. “L” Street
Harlingen, Texas 778550
(956) 247-3695
Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm Contact:
Veronica Ramirez
Father O’Brien Health Clinic 142 Champion Drive
Port Isabel, TX 78578
(956) 247-3695
Wednesdays
9am – 4pmFridays
9am – 1pm
Contact:
Veronica Ramirez

Overall Timeline

Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way:

2020

  • January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau starts counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially begins in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
  • March 12 – 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • March 30 – April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
  • May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.

2021

  • March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Here are some of the efforts completed in 2019:

  • January – September: The Census Bureau opened more than 200 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
  • August – October: Census takers visited areas that have experienced a lot of change and growth to ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is up to date. This process is called address canvassing, and it helps to ensure that everyone receives an invitation to participate in the census.

Census Questionnaire Assistance

The Census Questionnaire Assistance (CQA) phone numbers will be available to the public starting March 1, 2020 for assistance during the 2020 Census.

The following table represents the dedicated toll-free numbers for each language the Census Questionnaire Assistance will support:

LANGUAGE LINE TOLL FREE NUMBER
English 844-330-2020
Spanish 844-468-2020
Chinese (Mandarin) 844-391-2020
Chinese  (Cantonese) 844-398-2020
Vietnamese 844-461-2020
Korean 844-392-2020
Russian 844-417-2020
Arabic 844-416-2020
Tagalog 844-478-2020
Polish 844-479-2020
French 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole 844-477-2020
Portuguese 844-474-2020
Japanese 844-460-2020
English (Puerto Rico residents) 844-418-2020
Spanish (Puerto Rico residents) 844-426-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD)

844-467-2020

  • Prior to March 1, 2020, the CQA toll-free numbers are not available for public use. Attempts to call CQA prior to March 1, 2020 are not recommended, as they will interfere with testing efforts.
  • Beginning March 1, 2020, the English and Spanish language lines will be available to provide general information about the 2020 Census, including answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), via an automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Callers to these lines will also be advised to call back starting March 9, 2020 to speak with a live customer service representative (CSR). Callers to all other language lines will hear the message to call back starting March 9, 2020, to speak with a live CSR.
  • Beginning March 9, 2020, all lines will begin live CSR support providing information about the 2020 Census and assistance with the questionnaire.
  • Callers to the English and Spanish language lines will be routed through the IVR system prior to being transferred to a CSR.
  • Callers to all other language lines will be greeted in that language by a CSR.

The CQA IVR and live CSR support on all language lines will end on July 31, 2020.

What is a Complete Count Committee (CCC)?

Complete Count Committees (CCC) consists of volunteer committees established by tribal, state, and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. CCCs serve as state and local “census ambassador” groups that play an integral part in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community in the Census. Success of the census depends on community involvement at every level. The US Census Bureau cannot conduct the 2020 Census alone. The Cameron County Complete Count Committee (CCC) utilizes local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the census through locally based, targeted outreach efforts.

Why is this important?

Because undercounted residents have been denied an equal voice in our government, this would deprive our communities of federal and state funding. Key infrastructure projects including schools, health care, housing, transportation and community development would be affected. When community members are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census. Through collaborative partnerships, the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders can reach the shared goal of counting everyone in 2020.

Use the Response Outreach Mapper to identify areas with low response scores.

What is Address Canvassing?

The U.S. Census Bureau will begin the next phase in making sure Cameron County gets a complete count in 2020. Beginning August 18, 2019 through November 11, 2019, address canvassing conducted by U.S. Census workers will begin in Cameron County.

The Address Canvassing Operation implements methods to improve and refine the U.S. Census Bureau’s address list in advance of the 2020 Census.  Census workers will be visiting homes in Cameron County neighborhoods to accurately list of addresses and physical location of each living quarter.  This operation will ensure that residents will be invited to participate in the census in 2020.

Cameron County residents are urged to participate in this operation.  Your participation will affect the success of the census.  Our mission is to ensure that all residents in Cameron County are counted during the upcoming U.S. Census.  Because undercounted residents have been denied an equal voice in our government, this would deprive our communities of federal and state funding.  Key infrastructure including schools, health care, housing, transportation and community development would be affected.

Please take the time to visit the following sites regarding address canvassing:

Public Notices for US Cencus Address Canvassing:

Cameron County Complete Count Committee

Cameron County Commissioners’ Court
Eddie Treviño, Jr., Cameron County Judge
Sofia C. Benavides, Commissioner Pct. 1
Joey Lopez, Commissioner Pct. 2
David A. Garza, Commissioner Pct. 3
Gustavo C. Ruiz, Commissioner Pct. 4

Complete Count Committee Chairperson
Sylvia Garza-Perez
Cameron County Clerk

Complete Count Subcommittee Chairpersons:
Pastor Carlos Navarro, Faith-Based
Dr. Lee Garcia, Education
Pati Matamoros, Government
Danielle Rodriguez, Chambers of Commerce

Cameron County Clerk Staff:
Sandra Sanchez, Chief Deputy
Francisco Monreal Jr.
Angela Puente
Alma Leticia Carrejo
Jessica Salazar

  • June 20, 2019 2:00 PM (location: Cameron County Levee Bldg., 835 East Levee St. 5th Floor, Brownsville, Texas 78520)
  • August 15, 2019 2:00 PM (location: Cameron County Levee Bldg., 835 East Levee St. 5th Floor, Brownsville, Texas 78520)
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. on the Joe G Rivera and Aurora de la Garza Building Located on 1390 W. Expressway 83, San Benito, Texas 78586.
  • October 17, 2019 2:00 PM (location: Cameron County Levee Bldg., 835 East Levee St. 5th Floor, Brownsville, Texas 78520)
  • December 19, 2019 9:30 AM (location: Cameron County Levee Bldg., 835 East Levee St. 5th Floor, Brownsville, Texas 78520)
  • January 16, 2020 (location: Cameron County Levee Bldg., 835 East Levee St. 5th Floor, Brownsville, Texas 78520)
  • February 20, 2020 (location: Cameron County Levee Bldg., 835 East Levee St. 5th Floor, Brownsville, Texas 78520)
  • March 19, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • April 20, 2020 (Cancelled)
  • May 21, 2020 (TBA)
  • June 18, 2020 (TBA)

Los Fresnos CISD Family Engagement Event - 1/30/2020

Census Activities with students at Castañeda Elementary School – 10/17/2019

2020 Census Office Grand Opening – 118 Paseo del Prado, Edinburg, TX 78539 – 10/10/2019

Meet & Greet Dr. Enrique Lamas, Chief Operating Officer of the US Census Bureau – 4/30/2019

2020 U.S. Census Forum

F-RGV-2020-Census-forum-111819-POSTER

Reserve your spot at: www.futurorgv.info

CCC Outreach and Partner Materials

Listed below are CCC materials or web addresses from which more information can be obtained regarding the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census Partner Materials site is the Census Bureau’s central location for promotional materials that will help you with awareness and outreach efforts.