Census Deadline Extended to October 31

Equalitech Expands Hours for Computer Station Access to Complete Census and City Launches ‘Everyone Counts’ Drawing Campaign

The City of Goleta is using the extra time following the announcement on Friday, October 2, that the 2020 Census deadline has been extended to October 31.  The City will use this final month to rally and reach community members who still have not responded.  Currently, the City has a 76% self-response rate which is higher than the 2010 self-response rate of 75%. Thank you to everyone that already completed their 2020 Census. If you are one of those who still hasn’t responded, please do so now either online at My2020Census.gov or by phone by calling 844-330-2020. If you get a visit from a census taker, please cooperate. It’s important you do in order to be counted.  

If you need a place to fill out your census, go to Equalitech which is open every Wednesday in October from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the back of the Goleta Valley Community Center at 5679 Hollister Avenue.  Thanks to support from the Goleta Education Foundation, Equalitech extended its hours to provide more opportunity for residents to use the computer stations inside to complete their census.  Executive Director Danny Fitzgibbons said, “Equalitech continues to provide access to computers and internet to the community during these trying times.  Don’t let access issues stop you from completing the census. Come see us any Wednesday and get a free “Make Goleta Count” swag bag. Bilingual staff are present to help answer questions and guide you to a computer station.” 

The City is getting creative this final month and asking for your creativity as well to keep the “Make Goleta Count” campaign going.  Using the “Everyone Counts” theme, draw a picture, take a photo of it and send it to us at PIO@CityofGoleta.org with the name of the artist, a short explanation of the artwork and how it fits into the theme.  You will be entered into a drawing for several prizes. This contest is open to Goleta residents of all ages.  Submissions must be emailed to us by October 30th.  We can’t wait to see your creations!

Also, a big thank you to everyone who visited us at the Camino Real Marketplace Farmers Market on September 13 and had a chance to pick up some “Make Goleta Count” swag and check out the California Census digital truck.

We hope to see our self-response rate increase and look forward to providing you with an update. We are proud to be a part of the Santa Barbara County Complete Count Committee dedicated to making sure we get a complete count in the 2020 Census.

Pictured: Community Relations Manager Kelly Hoover at the Camino Real Farmers Market set-up in front of the California Census digital truck.