Apr 14 2010

The 2010 U.S. Census – Be Counted

Published by Donna Muta at 2:06 pm under General

The 2010 Census form is the most important document that a citizen will receive this entire decade.  Responding to this request will ensure cities will receive their fair share of over $400 billion in federal funding that is awarded.  The Census numbers help our government to determine funding for economic development projects, job training centers, schools, hospitals, public libraries, senior centers, emergency services, new housing developments as well as many types of public works projects.  Corporations also utilize this data to determine where to build retail and grocery stores, pharmacies and many other types of businesses.

The Census numbers will determine the local legislative and congressional districts.  If people don’t respond to the Census, we will have less representation than we deserve because the district will include more people than it should.

According to the 2010 Census website, the national return rate is at 50%.  The state of Indiana return rate is at 54%; Lake County is tracking at 48%.  North Township is at 47% and Hammond is at 44% as of March 31.

Everyone counts in this country, and we want you to be counted!  If you or someone you know needs assistance in filling out their 2010 Census forms, visit the below locations for assistance:

Hammond Housing Authority Office at 1402 173rd Street
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hammond Library Main Branch at 564 State Street
Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Greater Hammond Services at 824 Hoffman Street
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club at 5840 Calumet Avenue
Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

North Township Trustees office at 5947 Hohman Avenue
Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Greater Works Ministry at 5125 Hohman Avenue
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Census Bureau is providing assistance through a toll free number 1-866-872-6868 (English) or 1-866-928-2010 (Spanish).

By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your responses with anyone!  Don’t assume that this information will be used or sold to other entities.  It will not!

If you have not responded to your Census form, Census takers will visit your home during the months of May through July.  They will have a badge and appropriate identification, so please feel free to ask them to see their credentials.  They will not hesitate to show them to you.  By December 31 of this year, the Census Bureau will deliver the population counts to the President.  By law, the Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to the individual states in March, 2011.

For more information on the U.S. Census project, visit www.gohammond.com.

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