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Aug. 28, 2020

2020 US Census Everyone Counts

2020 US Census everyone counts

Let’s Make The 2020 Census A Success in NC

  September 2020 eBulletin

The North Carolina Complete Count Commission (NC CCC) is committed to making the 2020 Census a success for our state.  Visit census.nc.gov for information and resources.

Why the Census Matters

The US Census is a once a decade count of everyone residing in the United States. It will have a big impact on North Carolina’s communities through representation, funding, and reliable information.  The US Constitution requires a Census every 10 years to determine seats in the US House of Representatives.  North Carolina has 13 Congressional seats, but recent estimates show that our state may gain a seat after the 2020 Census.  A complete count will ensure that North Carolina’s voice will be appropriately represented in Congress.  The Census also provides the most detailed picture of our communities, and governmental funding programs rely on Census data to distribute billions of dollars each year.  In Fiscal Year 2015, the US Government distributed over $16 billion in North Carolina providing resources for schools, health care, highways, and more.  That’s $1,623 per person per year, and the State of North Carolina also distributes about $200 per person per year to counties and towns based on Census information.  Information from the Census helps local service providers and businesses plan for our dynamic state.  The Census is important to our future.  When you complete your 2020 Census form, you Make NC Count.

How do People Respond

The 2020 Census will shape representation, funding, and planning for North Carolina’s future; and being counted in the Census is quick, easy, and safe. This is the first US Census to allow internet or smartphone responses; you can complete your Census form online.  The Census invitation was mailed in March and included a web address, Census ID code, and phone number.  If you did not receive it you can still take it at https://2020census.gov/en.html. If you do not have internet access or would rather not reply online, you can provide your information by phone at 844-330-2020.  You can also use the phone number to request a paper Census form.  Census forms are available in 12 languages, and Census support is available in over 50 languages including American Sign Language.  Questionnaire support is available online via chat and over the phone. Census Enumerators are now visiting the addresses of non-responders to make sure everyone is counted.  The information you provide is confidential and by law cannot be shared for 72 years.  This includes all federal and state government agencies, law enforcement, courts, etc.  The Census questionnaire is short and can be completed in a few minutes.  Your confidential participation helps provide representation, funding, and planning data to serve your community for the next decade.  When you complete your 2020 Census form, you Make NC Count.

How the Census Works

The 2020 Census is a big operation – in fact, it is the largest peacetime operation conducted by the US government.  It takes a big operation to count everyone in a nation that is growing and becoming more mobile and diverse.  The task of the Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.  This task is required by the Constitution to determine where Congressional seats should be apportioned.  Everyone counts in the Census – no matter your age, race, sex, or place of birth.  The Census counts everyone in every living situation whether you reside in a house, apartment, dorm, prison, barracks, or are homeless.  The Census counts everyone where they usually live on April 1, 2020; but the Census does not change your legal residence for taxes, voter registration, or other residency status. 

Participation is required by law. While you can skip questions on the Census form, this increases your likelihood of being visited by a Census Enumerator.

Confidentiality – Participating is Safe

Your Census response is confidential and protected for 72 years per Title 13 of the US Code.  Your personal Census information cannot be shared with any one or any government agency including law enforcement, immigration, IRS, etc.  Violation of Census confidentiality is punishable by five years in federal prison and/or $250,000 fine.  These severe penalties protect your Census privacy.  While participating in the Census is safe, knowing what to expect will help avoid potential scams and fraud.  The 2020 Census is short.  The Census form asks questions about housing tenure (owning/renting), phone number, number of people in the home, relationship, and name, sex, race, Hispanic/Latino origin for each person in the home.  The 2020 Census does NOT ask for social security numbers, bank or credit card account numbers, money or donations, or anything on behalf of a political party.  Census Enumerators are now in the field conducting 2020 Census non-response operations.  All Census workers will have ID badges with their photograph, US Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.  Census workers will carry a hand-held device and a clearly marked US Census Bureau bag.  If asked, Census workers will produce their supervisor’s contact information and/or regional office phone number for verification and a letter from the Director of the Census Bureau on US Census Bureau letterhead.  A Census worker will never ask to enter your home.  Your Census response is important to the future of your community, and your participation is safe.

 

https://bulletins.ncrec.gov/lets-make-the-2020-census-a-success-in-nc/

Posted in Blog
Feb. 13, 2020

Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old in tribute to military veterans

Boxes containing thousands of Valentine’s Day cards sent to Major Bill White at his home in Stockton
© Reuters/KATE MUNSCH
By Nathan Frandino

STOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) - William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine's Day this year like never before, surrounded by a mountain of 70,000 love letters and well-wishes sent from all over the world. 

The cards and notes to "Major Bill," a retired major who lives in an assisted living facility in Stockton, California, began pouring in after a fellow resident launched a social media campaign called "Operation Valentine," asking friends and strangers alike to send greetings to honor White. 

At the outset, the goal was a modest 100 cards - about one for every one of White's birthdays - but the response has outstripped all expectations. 

"It's just too fantastic," said White, surrounded by waist-high stacks of postal boxes filled with cards.

On a recent day, White's great-granddaughter Abigail Sawyer, 9, delivered a bundle of cards from her fourth grade class, many of them decorated with the American flag.

A week before Valentine's Day, which lands on Friday this year, at least 70,000 pieces of correspondence had arrived from people in every U.S. state and several foreign countries.

So much mail has been delivered that White's family has had to enlist volunteers to help open the cards and read the warm wishes to White, who retired after 35 years of active service, including time in the Pacific theater of WWII, when he was wounded at Iwo Jima. 

For those sending Valentines, White represents something bigger than himself. Many of them have conveyed a deep appreciation not only to White for his service, but to all veterans who died too soon to hear their gratitude. 

A woman identified only as Jane told White that her late grandfather also fought in World War Two as a U.S. Army paratrooper. Had he lived, she said, he would be turning 100 years old this year.

"I miss him so much," she wrote. "By sending you this card, I feel as though I am sending my grandfather a card."

It's all new to White, who said he never really celebrated Valentine's Day, even when his wife of 42 years was alive.

"It's something I've never heard of or seen," White said. "All of a sudden here, like a ton of bricks. I'm sort of speechless."

 

(Writing by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Frank McGurty and Chizu Nomiyama)

 

 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/some-70000-valentines-sent-to-104-year-old-in-tribute-to-military-veterans/ar-BBZSj6m

 

Posted in Blog, Good News
Feb. 13, 2020

Home Price Hikes Widen Sellers’ Advantage

February 12, 2020


The majority of metro areas saw home prices rise in the final quarter of 2019 as housing inventories remained constrained and buyer demand stayed high, 
according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest quarterly report.

Median single-family home prices rose annually in 94% of the markets NAR tracked in the fourth quarter, or 170 of 180 metro areas. The national median existing single-family home price was $274,900, a 6.6% increase from the fourth quarter of 2018, NAR reported.

“It is challenging—especially for those potential buyers—where we have a good economy, low interest rates, and a soaring stock market, yet are finding very few homes available for sale,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “We saw prices increase during every quarter of 2019 above wage growth.”

Median home prices were highest in the Western region of the U.S., at $413,500. They were the least expensive in the Midwest, with a median of $210,200.

Eighteen metro areas posted double-digit price increases in the fourth quarter, led by Trenton, N.J. (18.2%); Boise City-Nampa, Idaho (13.7%); Gulfport-Biloxi, Miss. (11.8%); Kingston, N.Y. (11.2%); and Albuquerque, N.M. (11.1%).

“Rising home values typically create wealth gains for existing homeowners … however, areas that are deemed ‘too expensive’ will obviously have trouble attracting residents and companies looking to do business there,” Yun says. “We need a good balance that benefits both current and future homeowners, but right now, the balance is still in favor of home sellers.”

Still, buyers are finding falling mortgage rates are helping somewhat in easing housing affordability woes lately. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.76% in the fourth quarter, down from 4.95% a year ago. “Because of the lower mortgage payment, the income needed for a family to afford a mortgage decreased to $48,960 from $52,896 one year ago,” NAR noted in its study.

But housing shortages abound, which means buyers are having fewer choices of homes for sale. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, 1.4 million existing homes were available for sale. That is 8.5% less than a year prior, NAR reports.

Posted in Blog, Market Updates
July 31, 2017

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