Census Response Helps Seniors

Census Response Helps Seniors

Posted on May 11, 2020

It is Senior Week with the U.S. Census!

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that number of Seniors will grow to 55 million (16% of the population) with the 2020 Census. By 2050, it is projected that people 65+ will make up 20% of the population.

· By completing the Census, we help accurately count seniors and ensure federal funding for the programs and services they rely on for the next decade.

· Programs that rely on federal funding determined by Census data include:

o Medicaid and Medicare

o Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – food stamps) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

o Older Americans Act

o Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & People with Disabilities

o Supportive Housing for the Elderly

o Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Activities

o Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) – job-training and employment program

o Senior Corps volunteer program

Census data also informs community planning – including funds for new hospitals, long-term care facilities and senior centers, as well as funding to maintain and update them to better serve the senior population.

It makes dollars and SENSE to fill out the 2020 CENSUS! Go to: https://my2020census.gov/