The 2010 Census is Here!
Make a Difference and Be Counted
In partnership with the ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! campaign and the United States Census Bureau, CHCI calls on you to ensure that every Latino is counted in the 2010 Census.
In less than two weeks, census forms will be mailed to every home in the nation and it is of the utmost importance that you send it back as soon as possible so that every single Latino living in America is counted.
If you do not want a Census worker to come to your door and help you fill out the form - you need to fill it out and mail it back by April 1, 2010. Remember, the Census is confidential. Federal law protects the confidentiality of all your information.
Please see the right column for sample census forms, community forums and training opportunities, temporary employment with the Census Bureau, and important dates to remember.
Why is this important?
Research indicates the census has long disproportionately missed minorities. In 2000, the Census Bureau did not count close to 4.5 million people, mostly African-American and Hispanic-American.
As the largest minority within the United States, representing more than 14 percent of the overall population, Latino census participation is imperative. The census data is fundamental to a list of issues that directly impact the Latino community: education, healthcare, economic development, and more. It also determines political representation as well as federal, state, and local funding that is critical for the Latino community to thrive in the next decade.
CHCI Chair Rep. Nydia Velázquez outlines the direct impact of the Census in a recent public service announcement.
"The information is completely confidential and will help determine how over $300 million will be distributed annually in federal aid; better schools and hospitals and more political representation for our community. So, when you get the census in the mail, fill it out, and make yourself count," said Velázquez.
An accurate count is key to building political strength and ensuring that the Latino community has the resources it needs.
What can I do?
Be a part of the ya es hora ¡HAGASE CONTAR! movement that is mobilizing local leaders, elected officials and grassroots organizations.
- Encourage your neighbors, family, friends, church members, co-workers, and more to complete their census forms and mail them back immediately.
- Volunteer and/or attend a community forum to spread the word.
- Contact your elected officials and suggest they host a local community event to spread information and increase participation.
- Post information on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other social networking sites.
- Display Census material to increase visibility and share information.
- Get the latest campaign developments, critical updates on the 2010 Census, and new materials to share by subscribing to the ya es hora newsletter.
- Receive text messages from ya es hora by texting CENSUS to 62571.
What is CHCI doing?
CHCI Fellows are completing a series of outreach activities to inform the community about the importance of their participation in the 2010 Census. They have partnered with civic organizations and local leaders to disseminate census information and materials educating the public about the significance of being counted.
To learn more about the Public Policy Fellows Census current events, click here.
In July 2009, CHCI Congressional Interns held a community service project at Bell Multi-Cultural High School in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of local community members gathered to learn about the census.
To view photos of the community service project, please click here.
The Latino community's future strength depends on having our voices heard and being COUNTED in the 2010 Census!
For more information, please visit our partner Web sites.
The U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring!
Hundreds of thousands are needed for temporary jobs.
Apply today by contacting your Local Census Office or by calling 1-866-861-2010 .
2010 Census Calendar
March 15-17, 2010
Census questionnaires mailed and or delivered to households
Mar 22-27, 2010
National Census Week of Action
April 1, 2010
May 1-July 10, 2010
Census workers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail