According to an article in the Star-Telegram, the foreclosure crisis is having an impact on the 2010 Census as more families become homeless due to foreclosure.

The article said:

“Director Robert Groves said he expects some of the census questionnaires mailed out in 2010 will land at empty homes in areas hard hit by the housing crisis…Job losses have left more than 13 percent of American homeowners with a mortgage behind on their payments or in foreclosure, according to an August report by the Mortgage Bankers Association.”

Many analysts predict that we will experience yet another wave of foreclosures that will further impact the number of people living in unstable living situations.  If you have experienced a foreclosure and/or are living with friends or family you still need to be counted for the 2010 Census.

Here’s what you need to know:

If you have experienced a foreclosure and/or are living in temporary housing, or staying temporarily with family or friends you should be counted in the residence where you live and sleep most of the time as of Census Day, April 1, 2010. If you are homeless and living in a homeless shelter, or transitional housing, you will be counted via a program called Service-Based Enumeration (SBE).  Using SBE the Census Bureau will count the total number of people receiving assistance at service-based locations such as emergency and transitional shelters, soup kitchens, regularly scheduled mobile food vans, and pre-identified outdoor locations where you can go to be counted.