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2020 Census New Construction Program

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What is the 2020 Census New Construction Program (New Construction Program)?

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. 

The New Construction Program helps ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is as complete and accurate as possible by Census Day, April 1, 2020, to produce a complete and accurate population count.

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Why Participate in the New Construction Program?

Participation in the New Construction Program helps to ensure an accurate population count in your community; helps the federal government distribute more than $675 billion in funds annually for infrastructure, programs, and services; and helps your community plan for future needs.

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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 (cities, towns, villages), and minor civil divisions (townships) 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.

Please download the New Construction Universe in order to determine if a government is eligible to participate in the program.

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The 2020 Census Type of Enumeration Area (TEA) Viewer is an interactive map application that shows how different geographic areas will be invited to respond to the 2020 Census. The TEA Viewer allows users to explore the interactive map, down to the census tract level, and see what percentage of housing units are within each TEA.

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What's New?

  • State governments can now participate in the New Construction Program.
  • Group quarters and transitory locations are now collected during the New Construction Program.

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How to Participate

Invited governments will designate a New Construction Program liaison. The Census Bureau will provide materials to the New Construction Program liaison in September 2019.

The New Construction Program 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 September 2019.

 

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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.

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.

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How Do I Register to Participate in the 2020 New Construction Program?

Registered participants will receive or download materials in September 2019.

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View the 2020 New Construction Program Registration Viewer to see what entities have registered to participate. The map is updated with new registrant information every Monday and Thursday.

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Response Options

Participants must respond to the New Construction Program digitally. The Census Bureau offers three digital methods for preparing a New Construction Program response.

  1. Basic digital option: The Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) is a free, customized Geographic Information System (GIS) tool developed for participants who do not have geographic training or are not experienced GIS users, but is available for any participant to use. GUPS will be available for download from the Census Bureau’s website or sent on a disc for installation, depending on which option was selected during registration.

  2. Advanced digital option: Experienced GIS users can utilize their own GIS software. The Census Bureau will provide free GIS shapefiles on its website, along with digital update guidelines. Governments can use the provided shapefiles for reference when updating their city-style address list.

  3. Reference PDF Block Maps on CD/DVD: The Census Bureau offers PDF Block Maps displaying the Census Blocks for which participants may submit new addresses.

Additional information regarding response options will be detailed in the program respondent guidelines available in September 2019.

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Training Webinar Information

The Census Bureau is conducting New Construction Program webinars beginning in September 2019. The webinars provide an overview of the New Construction Program and demonstrate the methods of participation and submission. As the New Construction Program liaison for a registered government, you are encouraged to participate in a webinar. Please have your materials available, as there will be an opportunity to ask Census Bureau staff questions about the New Construction Program and materials.  

To register for a webinar, follow the steps below:

  1. Locate a webinar date and time below along with the Census Bureau office conducting the webinar.
  2. Email your request to  GEO.2020.NC@census.gov with the subject line “RSVP to 2020 Census New Construction Program Webinar.” The email should include the following information:
    1. Attendee’s name.
    2. Attendee’s phone number.
    3. Government name.
    4. Date/Time/Census Bureau office conducting webinar.

September Webinar Schedule

Date Time Census Bureau Office
September 10, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT Washington, DC
September 17, 2019 10:00a-12:30p EDT  Atlanta, GA
September 17, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT Washington, DC
September 17, 2019 1:00p-3:30p CDT Chicago, IL
September 17, 2019 10:00a-12:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA
September 18, 2019 10:00a-12:30p CDT  Chicago, IL
September 18, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT  Philadelphia, PA
September 19, 2019 9:30a-12:00p EDT  New York, NY
September 19, 2019 1:00p-3:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA
September 20, 2019 10:00a-12:30p CDT Dallas, TX
September 23, 2019 10:00a-12:30p CDT Dallas, TX
September 24, 2019 10:00a-12:30p EDT Philadelphia, PA 
September 24, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT Washington, DC
September 24, 2019 1:00p-3:30p CDT Chicago, IL
September 24, 2019 10:00a-12:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA
September 25, 2019 10:00a-12:30p CDT Chicago, IL
September 25, 2019 1:30p-4:00p EDT  New York, NY
September 26, 2019 10:00a-12:30p EDT  Atlanta, GA
September 30, 2019 10:00a-12:30p CDT Dallas, TX 
September 26, 2019 1:00p-3:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA

 

October Webinar Schedule

Date Time Census Bureau Office
October 1, 2019 10:00a-12:30p CDT Chicago, IL 
October 1, 2019 10:00a-12:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA
October 1, 2019 1:30p-4:00p EDT New York, NY
October 1, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT  Washington, DC
October 2, 2019 10:00a-12:30p EDT Philadelphia, PA 
October 2, 2019 1:00p-3:30p CDT Chicago, IL
October 3, 2019 10:00a-12:30p EDT  Atlanta, GA
October 3, 2019 1:00p-3:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA
October 4, 2019 9:30a-12:00p EDT New York, NY
October 7, 2019 9:30a-12:00p EDT New York, NY 
October 8, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT Washington, DC
October 8, 2019 1:00p-3:30p CDT Chicago, IL
October 8, 2019 1:00p-3:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA
October 9, 2019 1:30p-4:00p EDT  New York, NY
October 9, 2019 10:00a-12:30p CDT  Chicago, IL
October 10, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT Philadelphia, PA
October 10, 2019 10:00a-12:30p EDT  Atlanta, GA
October 10, 2019 1:00p-3:30p PDT Los Angeles, CA 
October 15, 2019 1:00p-3:30p EDT  Washington, DC

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The New Construction Program Schedule

April - May 2019 –  Invitation and registration materials sent to Highest Elected Officials and Tribal Chairs of eligible governments.

June 14, 2019 – New Construction Program registration deadline.

September 2019 – Registered participants receive/download materials. Participants have 45 calendar days to respond after receiving the notification of materials.

September 2019 – Training webinars begin.

September - October 2019 – Email reminders sent.

December 2019 – Closeout materials sent to participants.

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Where Can I Find More Information?

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Contact Information

Email: GEO.2020.NC@census.gov

Phone Number: 1-844-242-1765

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