Currently, and for the next few months, Address Canvassers will be walking the streets verifying and updating addresses and maps. Mostly, the information will be updated without households being contacted by census workers. However, in some instances, a census worker will come to your door. Workers will be wearing official census identification badges and will carry a handheld computer. Call 800-563-6499 to verify Address Canvassers in neighborhood.
The 2010 Census is important. It determines the distribution of $300 billion annually of government funding for critical community services and generates thousands of jobs across the country. Funds are allocated in areas such as Title 1 grants in school districts; Head Start programs; Women, Infants and Children (WIC); public transportation; road construction; programs for the elderly; and emergency food and shelter.
All residents must be counted – people of all races and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens. Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to households via U.S. mail in March 2010. Census workers will visit households that do not return questionnaires. The 2010 Census consists of 10 questions and can be completed in 10 minutes. The U. S. Census Bureau must submit state population totals to the President of the United States by December 31, 2010.
Census data is confidential. Answers are protected by law (Title 13 of the U.S. Code, Section 9). It is illegal for the Census Bureau, or its employees, to share personal information with any other government agency – not law enforcement, IRS, Welfare, FBI, Immigration, etc. Not even the President of the United States can access your responses. Census workers must pass security and employment reference checks. All Census Bureau employees are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or a 5-year prison term for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent or household.