2020 Census New Construction Program

April 30, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

The New Construction Program provides tribal, state, and local governments an opportunity to update the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list with living quarters for which construction is in progress during or after March 1, 2018 and completion is expected by Census Day, April 1, 2020. This program helps ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is as complete and accurate as possible by Census Day.

Who Can Participate in the New Construction Program?
The New Construction Program is offered to federally recognized tribes with a reservation and/or off-reservation trust lands, states, counties, incorporated places (all cities in Georgia), and minor civil divisions that contain blocks where the Census Bureau plans to mail questionnaires to housing units for the 2020 Census. Enumerators will deliver 2020 Census questionnaires to all housing units in each block and record addresses for any new housing units for governments that are not eligible to participate in the New Construction Program.

How to Participate
Registered governments will designate a New Construction Program liaison. The Census Bureau will provide materials to the New Construction Program liaison in September 2019. The liaison uses the pre-formatted materials provided by the Census Bureau to submit a list of city-style addresses. Maps or spatial data are provided as a reference for assigning census tract or block codes for each submitted address. Please ensure that all addresses contain the required geocode information to successfully update our Master Address File, resulting in an accurate population count for your community. The Census Bureau cannot accept street or boundary updates submitted to the New Construction Program. Additional information regarding program participation and response guidelines will be available in Summer 2019.

How to Prepare for Participation
Participants can begin preparation by identifying local address sources, such as building permits, E-911 address files, local utility records, assessment files, or taxation files. Please ensure that your local address list contains multiunit structure identifiers (such as apartment numbers for individual units) and that you can distinguish between residential addresses and nonresidential addresses within the list.

How Do I Register to Participate in the 2020 New Construction Program?
All eligible governments are invited to register for the New Construction Program beginning April 1, 2019 online, or via email or mail.

If you do not want to complete the registration form online, please download and complete the PDF registration form, scan it, and return it to GEO.2020.NC@census.gov, or mail it to the following address:

Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. Census Bureau
1201 E 10th Street
Jeffersonville IN 47132-0001

Training Webinar Information
The Census Bureau plans to offer training webinars beginning in September 2019.

Program Contact
Please see the online FAQs, email GEO.2020.NC@census.gov, or call 1-844-242-1765.

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