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Mayor Brown Conducts Census Tour To Eencourage Broader Participation
Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Mayor Byron W. Brown tomorrow will tour several city businesses and commercial districts to rally public participation in the 2010 Census. The City of Buffalo has been classified by the U.S. Census as a “hard to count” or “under counted” area, so the Mayor intends to take to the streets and urge city residents to submit their census forms or contact the U.S. Census Bureau if they haven’t received their forms.
“As I said back in January when the Census effort was launched, the Census is critically important to the City of Buffalo, and I am dedicated to making sure every Buffalo resident does their part to be counted,” said Mayor Brown. “Future federal funding, representation in Congress are among the important matters that are directly affected by an accurate census count and we must make every effort to ensure that our residents are accurately counted.”
Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Data also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The City of Buffalo has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Complete Count Committee” to achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census.
“Census forms can be returned to the Census Bureau by April 25th and then, beginning May 1st, Census workers will start going door-to-door for their non-response follow-up effort, which continues until the end of August,” said the Mayor. “Our effort tomorrow will be to urge everyone we encounter to be sure that they send in their completed census forms or contact the Census Bureau to get the forms. Ultimately, the final census information will be delivered to the White House on December 31, 2010.”
The Mayor’s Census Tour was based on data from 2000 Census that revealed areas of low participation in various sections of the city. While there are 90 census tracts in the city, tomorrow’s activity was based on census tracts within city zip codes that had the lowest participation percentages in 2000 (see attached schedule).
The Buffalo Complete Count Committee targeted the several different demographic groups who have been in the past undercounted. These groups include: families with limited English language proficiency, the Latino community, immigrants, refugees, the African American community, homebound seniors, the disabled, the homeless, re-entry population, group quarters residents, low income citizens, children in foster care and transient fathers. The Committee also identified those in group quarters, such as hospitals and dormitories, as being at risk for undercount.
Hundreds of local organizations, including community centers, government entities and churches are working with the City of Buffalo on this initiative. Partner agencies include: the Buffalo Public Schools, the Buffalo Urban League, the Community Action Organization, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, Block Clubs and Neighborhood Associations-EC, Inc, Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Belle Center and Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation.
For more information about the 2010 Census, visit www.city-buffalo.com/Census2010 or call 716-923-9010 or visit a Census Bureau location in Buffalo at 478 Main Street, Lower Level Suite 001 Buffalo NY 14202.
MAYOR’S 2010 CENSUS TOUR
Zip Code: 14208 (45% response in 2000)
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 10:45 AM-11:15 AM
Zip Code: 14215 (28% response in 2000)
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Zip Code: 14214 (58% response in 2000)
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 12:15 PM-12:45 PM
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 1:00 PM-1:30 PM
Zip Code: 14207 (57% response in 2000)
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 1:45 PM-2:15 PM
Zip Code: 14213 (22% response in 2000)
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 2:30 PM-3:00 PM
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 3:15 PM-3:45 PM
Zip Code: 14201 (40% response in 2000)
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010 4:00 PM-4:30 PM
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios