2020 Census

If you haven’t taken the 2020 Census yet, you might notice some changes this year. For the first time in history the Census is being offered online. If you’re more comfortable with the traditional paper questionnaire, you can still take it this way. If you haven’t received the questionnaire in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau yet, you will soon.

If you’d like to take the Census online, visit: www.my2020Census.gov, or click the logo below to be taken to the site.

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Cocoa Counts

The census only happens once every 10 years, but census data is used every day. It guides the distribution of approximately $675 billion in federal funds each year for vital programs impacting housing, education, transportation, health care, public safety and more. Local governments use the results to plan new roads, hospitals and schools, as well as to ensure public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores. And census data determines our representation in state legislatures and in Congress.

For the first time, the Census Bureau is encouraging residents to complete the census form online at www.2020census.gov but can still be taken via the mailed form, on the phone or in person. The City of Cocoa has formed a Complete Count Committee that will help us ensure a complete count, especially in our hard to count areas of the community. These hard to count areas are sections of the Cocoa community that had a low response rate during the 2010 Census and include sections of the Diamond Square Community and areas along the Fiske Corridor. Members of Cocoa’s Complete Count Committee will assist us in spreading the word about the importance of taking the Census and why every person counts.

Keep an eye on our social media channels and website for more information about the 2020 Census and how you can get involved to help spread the word about the 2020 Census. Help us make sure that #CocoaCounts in the 2020 Census.

City of Cocoa Complete Count Committee

The City of Cocoa has formed a Complete Count Committee to help us ensure a complete count, especially in our hard to count areas of the community. These hard to count areas are sections of the Cocoa community that had a low response rate during the 2010 Census and include sections of the Diamond Square Community and areas along the Fiske Corridor. Members of Cocoa’s Complete Count Committee will assist us in spreading the word about the importance of taking the Census and why every person counts.

Cocoa will also be working with other local communities in Brevard to spread the word. Local municipal communication professionals will work together to create messaging and information that will be disseminated county-wide.

Reasons Why You Should Take the 2020 Census

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Inform how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year

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Create jobs, providing housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads and hospitals

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Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress

Census Numbers Help with Housing Funds & More

The City of Cocoa relies upon federal funding for many projects and initiatives in our community. Those federal dollars are allocated based on Census counts. This is why it is so important to make sure our community is counted in the upcoming 2020 Census. We need your help in ensuring a complete count. Make sure #CocoaCounts this spring when the Census is available.

NeoDasha Harris The City of Cocoa, in partnership with the Community Housing Initiative, offers a Purchase Assistance Program for eligible Cocoa residents. The program offers up to $32,400 in down payment or closing assistance for qualified home buyers.

Cocoa resident and employee for the City of Cocoa, NeoDasha Harris qualified for the Purchase Assistance Program and explained how these funds helped her gain stability and security in her life. “To me, home ownership is a sense of stability, security and a financial investment for my son and I. I wanted my son to know that owning a home is important and being successful at it is important as well. There is nothing more exciting than to sign your name on the deed of your home,” said Harris.