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Take 20 for ‘20: 20 minutes for the 2020 Census
Help shape Maryland’s future!

Beginning in mid-March, everyone in Maryland will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There will be three ways to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. The form will be available in 13 different languages, including English and Spanish.

You may be wondering, what is the Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States every 10 years. It is a count that is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun mailing postcards to each household inviting everyone to respond to a short questionnaire. Completing the Census is easier than ever, with online and phone options available in multiple languages. Paper forms will be mailed out in early April.

Your responses are secure and confidential, and protected by federal law. No personally identifiable information is shared outside the U.S. Census Bureau with any federal, state or local government agency, including law enforcement.

Why does the 2020 Census matter?

The results of the Census are critical to everyone in Maryland because the data informs the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding for critical, emergency and lifesaving programs such as vaccines. Funding for Medicare and Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, CHIP, hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, housing, and other resources in your community are all derived from the Census!

Maryland receives over $16 billion annually in federal funding based upon our Census response rate. In fact, every person not counted represents approximately $18,250 in missed federal funding. Maryland missed out on $1 billion in funding over the last 10 years based on the 2010 Census.

The results of the Census also determine the number of seats each state will have in Congress.

When is the Census?

Census Day is April 1, 2020, but the online and phone portals have been live since March 12. Participation in the Census is so important that the Secretary of Budget and Management is authorizing all state employees (permanent and temporary) and contractors to take up to 20 minutes out of their normal workday to complete the Census online or by phone.

What’s Next?

Take 20 minutes for the 2020 Census! Shape your community’s future at! For more information, please visit or

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About Us

The Homeless Alliance for the Lower Shore Continuum of Care Committee (HALS CoC) is a group of individuals from Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties that was formed around the common concern of homelessness. Members include representatives from local housing programs, county Homeless Boards, area shelters, non -profits, service organizations, state and county agencies, faith community, local providers, foundations, business community, and local citizens.

The CoC was formed in early 2002 when the Somerset County Health Department applied for a HUD funded permanent supportive housing program to increase housing programs for disabled and homeless individuals and families. Currently the Somerset County Health Department has numerous HUD funded permanent supportive housing programs to provide 75 units of housing for disabled, homeless individuals and families through the Tri County Alliance for the Homeless Permanent Supportive Housing Program. These units are scattered rental apartments and houses in the tri county region of Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester Counties.

Services are provided to disabled homeless individuals and families through a case management system. Case managers work directly with the participants in the program to identify the specific challenges they may be facing and refer them to supportive services. Services may include security deposit, ongoing monthly rental assistance, case management services, information and referral and service planning.


Tri-County Alliance for the Homeless Supportive Housing Program (TCAH-SHP)

Tri-County Alliance for the Homeless Supportive Housing Program (TCAH-SHP) Phone: 443-523-1815 Fax: 410-651-3189 This is a supportive housing program serving homeless and disabled residents of Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties, operated by the Somerset County Health Department through grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Program provides housing to eligible participants…

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