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The U.S. Supreme Court brought a halt the 2020 Census.

Earlier, a lower court ordered an extension to get counted.

Now the Supreme Court suspended the lower court's order.

Without a sufficient response to the 2020 Census, nonprofit organizations, like the children and family nonprofit Bella Ease in Quincy, could see a hit in funding.

After Tuesday's Supreme Court decision, the Census Bureau announced field operations end on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Bella Ease Supervisor Nicole Willis says the organization has gone above and beyond to ensure every voice in the community is counted.

The organization hosted events to assist community members in completing the census, but this recent change could lead to detrimental results.

"It is a bit concerning because we do receive a lot of our funding from the government and it impacts when we do applications and when we apply for that support for our own organization," Willis said.

As of Wednesday, Oct. 14, 73.6% of Quincy residents have self responded to the 2020 Census.

"All I can say is that having more time would give a community more time to give a complete count. It doesn't appear that that's the case for this point in time," Quincy City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said.

That loss of time leaves a newfound sense of unknown for the community.

"It's a little scary to think about the fact that we might not receive as much money because not as many people have been able to respond yet," Willis said.

Those who KHQA spoke with want every voice in the community to be counted before it's too late.

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