Posted by: resparish | March 16, 2010

Census 2010

In March 2010, more than 130 million addresses will receive a 2010 Census form by mail or hand delivery. The 2010 Census will document the changes in our nation since the last decennial census in 2000, to document how the country has evolved. Because census data affect how more than $400 billion in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments, the census will also frame the future of our country and our community for the next 10 years.

The Diocese of San Jose has partnered with the U.S. Census team to make every effort to have everyone in our communities counted. to make their communities aware of the Census and encourage them to be counted.

In addition Resurrection Parish, along with several other parishes of the diocese, has agreed to serve as Questionnaire Assisting Center (QAC) to address any concerns or questions about the usage of Census data. Check our online parish calendar for the times that the Questionnaire Assisting Center will be operating here at Resurrection in the Alcoves of Farana Center.

During Census 2000, the mail participation rate was 72 percent after the April 2000 cut-off. For every one percent increase in mail participation, Census costs will be reduced by $85 million. For these and many other reasons, we must encourage everyone’s participation in the census.

Here’s what you should know about the 2010 Census:

  • It’s easy. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. The individual in whose name the housing unit is rented or owned should complete the form on behalf of every person living there, both relatives and nonrelatives.
  • It’s important. Census data are used to reapportion seats in Congress and ensure proper district representation in state and local governments. Information from the census helps determine locations for child-care and senior centers, new roads, hospitals, schools and community centers.
  • It’s safe. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

Finally, the most efficient way to respond to the 2010 Census is to complete the form as soon as it arrives and return it in the postage-paid return envelope. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take the count in person.