Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today encouraged the people of Southern Arizona to make sure they are counted in the 2010 Census, which closes Friday.
“Since the Census count only takes place every 10 years, it is critical that people take this last opportunity to respond to the Census questions by Friday,” Grijalva said. “Being counted in the Census means better schools for our children, more firefighters and police officers to protect our community, and fair representation at all levels of government.”
To ensure inclusion in the 2010 Census, residents that believe they did not receive a Census form, who did not mail it back or who were not contacted by a census worker at their home can quickly, safely and confidentially answer Census questions by calling the following U.S. Census Bureau phone numbers from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. by Friday, July 30th:
- 1-866-872-6868 General toll-free English language assistance line
- 1-866-928-2010 Spanish language assistance line
Services such as Head Start programs, public daycare for children, school lunch programs, public schools, public transportation and hospitals rely on federal funds allocated based on the number of people living in each state, as reported by the Census. An accurate count helps the federal government allocate more than $400 billion annually for these and other programs.