Everyone should be counted, related or unrelated to you, who lives and sleeps at your home most of the time. Including roommates, young children, newborns. Where there are more people, there are more needs. An accurate count helps inform funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, and roads for the next 10 years. It also impacts so many of the community needs we are directly feeling under strain during these times:funding for emergency services, health care, school lunch programs, SNAP, WIC, headstart, and more.