The U.S. Census Bureau has moved up the deadline to complete the 2020 Census to September 30, 2020.
If you haven't submitted your questionnaire, take 10 minutes to visit www.my2020census.gov or by calling (844) 330-2020.
Under the Constitution, every person in the U.S. needs to be counted in the census. Completing the census can be done several ways: online, by phone or by mail. The forms were sent out months ago. Los Angeles County has a current rate of 62.4% compared to 69% back in 2010.
Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are re-drawn every 10 years based on changes in the population. It's also used to determine how federal funds are handed out.
"A conservative estimate - it's $1,000 per person, per year, over 10 years. So let's say I forget to put my daughter on the form, that's $10,000 that doesn't come back to the community," Ditas Katague, the director of the California Census explains.
Officials say if you don't fill it out online or mail in the forms, the bureau will have to send out a census worker to your home. In this day of COVID-19, they would have to practice physical distancing and it makes the process less safe and more difficult.