Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 U.S. Census form arriving in your mailbox

April 1 is National Census Day and a good date to keep in mind to make sure you have returned your census form.

You should be receiving your 2010 U.S. Census in the mail in the next few days. It has only 10 questions that you have to answer but you can't answer them online, only on the form when you receive it.

The 2010 U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.

The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like: hospitals. job training centers, schools, senior centers, bridges, tunnels, other public works projects and emergency services.

The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico in the middle of this monnth.

When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided.

If you do not mail back the form, a census taker will come to your home between mid-April and July and ask you the questions in person.

A special Service Based Enumeration program will be conducted over three days at the end of March 2010, at various facilities identified by the Census Bureau with the help of advocacy organizations, and local, state and national partners.

On Monday, March 29, 2010, census workers will conduct a count at emergency and transitional shelters with sleeping facilities;

On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, census workers will conduct a count at soup kitchens and regularly scheduled mobile food vans; and

On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, census workers will conduct a count at pre-identified outdoor locations such as encampments underneath highway overpasses or bridges and other areas where members of the homeless population are known to live.

For more information about the census and what you can expect please call 330-776-3030

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