Georgia is lagging behind the nation in responses to the Census. To combat that, DeKalb County will form a Census caravan to count residents in the South DeKalb area Saturday.
As part of DeKalb County’s 2020 Census efforts, DeKalb County is conducting onsite census registrations at three locations and will have a vehicle caravan traverse throughout south DeKalb.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. residents can complete their census at the following locations and receive a census swag bag:
- Kroger Supermarket, 4919 Flat Shoals Pkwy., Decatur
- Kroger Supermarket, 2385 Wesley Chapel Rd., Decatur
- Saint Philip AME Church, 240 Candler Rd., Atlanta
Social distancing guidelines will be followed and the wearing of masks is mandatory.
DeKalb County continues to encourage residents to complete the 2020 Census. Currently, 63.6 percent of DeKalb’s households have completed the 2020 Census.
DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond is pushing for 100 percent of county households to get counted.
“If every household is counted, DeKalb County could receive $1.8 billion in federal funds annually for the next 10 years,” Thurmond said. “This funding will help DeKalb determine where healthcare and emergency services are needed so our front-line heroes can continue to serve our community.”
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson said this type of outreach is needed because the responses received on the 2020 Census determines DeKalb’s future.
“The 2020 Census determines where and how our kids will learn, play and live,” Commissioner Johnson said. “We want DeKalb’s kids to have the brightest futures and it all starts with their parents responding to the 2020 U.S. Census.”
Commissioner Johnson was unanimously chosen by the Board of Commissioners to chair the DeKalb County Complete Count Committee. The goal of the committee is to ensure accurate Census data is collected, which in turn will provide information critical for government programs, policies and decision-making.
To complete the 2020 Census online, go to My2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
The deadline for completing the Census is Sept. 30.