To ensure that low-income communities and communities of color are included in the complete Census count, it is important to encourage participation at all levels – including hiring people from these communities as Census workers. However, income from working with the Census has the potential to affect eligibility for public benefits like TANF and food stamps. Most states have the authority to issue waivers so income from temporary and part-time Census jobs will not count against eligibility.

Common Cause has identified the states and territories that have not yet issued waivers for 2020:

  • AR, DC, HI, ID, IN, IA, KY, MA, MN, MT, ND, RI, SC, WI, WY, Puerto Rico, and Samoa

States and territories not listed here have issued waivers for 2020. Those in bold lettering issued a waiver in 2010 but have not for 2020.

If you see your state or territory listed, take action and urge representatives to support 2020 Census workers! Common Cause’s goal is for all states and territories to issue waivers by the end of December 2019. Learn more and find your state representative in this Common Cause fact sheet.