Rep. Napolitano on Census: Time is Now

Apr 14, 2010 Issues: District Projects

(Washington D.C.)- Today, Rep. Grace Napolitano encouraged her constituents in the 38th Congressional District to mail back their census forms before the deadline on Friday, April 16. More than $400 billion in federal funds is distributed each year based on the census count, providing money for schools, hospitals, job training, senior centers and many other government programs. Those that do not respond by mail will be visited by census takers to be counted in person.

“The census is critical for securing federal funding for the schools, roads, and government services that our communities need,” Napolitano said. “Everyone should participate, but time is running out. Send in your census form or call in for a new one if you lost the original. Know that when you participate in the census, you are earning money for government services that help you and your family.”

People in need of a new form can locate one of the dozens of “Be Counted” Centers in the 38th District by visiting http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ or they can call one of the following phone numbers:

English: 1-866-872-6868
Spanish: 1-866-928-2010
Chinese: 1-866-935-2010
Korean: 1-866-955-2010
Russian: 1-866-965-2010
Vietnamese: 1-866-945-2010
TDD (Telephone Display Device for the hearing impaired):
1-866-783-2010

For the 2000 Census, Los Angeles County had a participation rate of 72 percent. As of April 12, the participation rate for 2010 was only 63 percent.

“Please participate,” Napolitano said. “The census is almost finished and we cannot afford to be left short of services to our families, our schools, and our communities for the next ten years. Stand up and be counted.”

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