Complete Count Committee Will Help Ensure Accurate Census

August 4, 2009 · Filed Under Events and News 

The City of Fort Worth, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and local community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, the media and others, has formed the 2010 Fort Worth Complete Count Committee.

The committee will develop an awareness and outreach campaign to ensure that all of Fort Worth’s diverse populations participate in the 2010 Census.

Beginning early next year, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct the 2010 Census, which is mandated by the U.S. Constitution and conducted every 10 years. The Census count serves a variety of purposes, including determining representation in Congress and how more than $300 billion in funding is allocated annually through at least 50 federal programs to state and local governments.

Census questionnaires will be mailed out in mid-March 2010 and will be due on April 1, 2010, which is termed Census Day. A second questionnaire will be issued for people who do not respond by the end of April. The Census Bureau will conduct in-person follow-up for non-responders from May to July 2010.

By law, more than 170 federal programs must distribute their funding according to Census counts. Census funding is used for highways, bridges, schools, hospitals, economic development, job training and social programs such as Medicaid and Head Start.



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