CACS staff and Census 2020 staff discuss strategies to increase Census 20202 completion rates in Shiawassee County.

Census 2020 Coming Your Way . . .

April 1, 2020, is when Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, you should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, by mail, or by phone. The Census is only nine questions and collects basic information such as name, age, sex, race, and ethnicity, the relationship of household members, and homeownership status. The census will NOT ask you about your citizenship or immigration status, or things like income, education level, or for your social security number. The Census Bureau cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.

Here are some interesting facts about the Census:

      • The U. S. Constitution mandates everyone in the country be
        counted every 10 years.
      • Every person is counted once, where they live.
      • After each Census, states redraw the boundaries of districts to
        account for population shifts. More than $675 billion in
        funds, grants, and support is based on census data.
        The money is
        spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public
        works, and other vital programs.
        And your federal tax
        dollars will come back to Michigan!
      • Completing the census is mandatory.
      • It’s against the law for the Census Bureau to publicly release your responses
        in any way that could identify you or your
        household. By law, your responses
        cannot be used against
        you and can only be used to produce statistics.

Filling out the census has a major impact on our families and communities. It makes sure things like education programs, school lunches, medical care, and roads, bridges, and highways get the most funding possible.

To make sure our communities are heard, your household needs to complete the census. That means one person at the address fills it out on behalf of everyone there. And remember the census only happens every 10 years, so don’t forget to include the kids in your house, too! Everyone who stays in the house counts.

Check out www.MIVoiceCounts.org to see sample questions and check out more information about Census 2020.

Concerned about possible scams related to Census 2020? Check out this tip sheet: Frauds-and-Scams-Census-Tip-Sheet.pdf


Capital Area Community Services, Inc.
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update as of 6/12/2020

Capital Area Community Services, Inc., continues to monitor actions and communications from a number of sources related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.  It is our priority to continue to provide services to those in need while also keeping our clients and staff safe.

CACS, Inc., has implemented various recommendations and actions as stated in the various Executive Orders and the Ingham County Health Department Emergency Order’s.  While some of these recommendations include the closing of facilities and social distancing, at this time we continue to provide services with some program modifications.

Below is a summary of program modifications we have made.  We realize these are unique times and circumstances and hope the communities we serve are understanding of the changes we have made until further notice.

Head Start
Head Start classrooms are closed for the rest of this school year.  Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is on-going.

Head Start is continuing to update the Head Start web site with new resources.  Information about feeding programs that families can access can also be found on the Head Start website at www.cacsheadstart.org

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)/The Emergency Food Program (TEFAP)
Our food program throughout our four county service areas continues to operate with various modifications related to pick-up hours. Already packaged food boxes are being put into the waiting cars. NOTE – Food distribution dates and times vary at each local Service Center.  Please contact the local Service Center to verify current pick-up dates and times.

CACS Service Centers in all four Counties
Services provided by Service Center staff at all of our sites are being scheduled on an appointment-only basis. Signage is posted at all Service Center sites indicating how to reach staff.

Financial Literacy/Property Tax Foreclosure Prevention Program
Services should be initiated through an initial phone call.  Staff will contact and serve clients remotely.

Senior Information and Assistance
Services are being provided by staff at each Service Center through phone calls and e-mail.  Signs are posted at the Center with instructions.

Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program
Medicare Counselors can be reached by calling the Service Centers or 800-803-7174.  Services will be provided on the phone or through e-mail.

Tax Preparation Services
Tax Preparation service have been suspended until further notice as per AARP and VITA.

Homeless Program
Services are being initiated through an initial phone call.  In person meetings to follow-up will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Weatherization Services
Weatherization Services have been suspended.  We are working on plans to start up the program as per state guidelines.

For information, check for updates on this webpage or call 517-393-7077


For information regarding CACS Head Start please visit: www.cacsheadstart.org


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