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									       A Complete Count:
The Importance of Census Data for
    Older People and Retirees
2010 Census: A Snapshot
• What: Count of everyone in the United States.

• Who: Every person in the United States must be counted —
  both citizens and noncitizens.

• Why:
  – Census data are used to reapportion congressional seats to states.
  – U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years
    to help distribute federal funding.

• When: Census Day is April 1, 2010.

• How: Forms are delivered or mailed in March 2010. Questionnaire
  Assistance Centers (QAC) will be available for those unable to read,
  understand or complete the form. Census workers will visit households
  that do not return forms.
2010 Census: Key Dates

• Verifying 2010 Census address list: April – July 2009

• Delivery of 2010 Census forms: March 2010

• Census Day: April 1, 2010

• Final counts delivered to President: Dec. 31, 2010

• Redistricting counts delivered to states:
  February – March 2011

Complete and Accurate Count

• Why is a complete and accurate count important?
   – Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400
     billion to states and communities based, in part, on census data.

   – Community planners and local governments rely on census data
     to make the case for funding community programs that affect
     your quality of life, including:
           – Senior-related programs
           – Medical facilities

   – An accurate census count helps to determine:
           – Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and the locations
             of other health services
           – Creation of maps to speed emergency services to households
             in need of assistance
           – Support for libraries and other public institutions
           – Food and transportation assistance programs
2010 Census Form

• Easy: One of the shortest census forms in history:
   – The 2010 Census form asks 10 questions.
   – It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

• Important: Census information helps determine funding for
  social services programs, job training, child-care and senior
  centers; and locations for schools, roads, hospitals, and more.

• Safe: By law, the 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.

Resources and Assistance

• Caregivers of older people and retirees can complete
  census forms for those unable to do so themselves.

• Additional resources are available for those who
  need assistance completing the form.
   – Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) will assist those unable
     to read or understand the form.
   – Language Assistance Guides will be available in large type,
     Braille, as well as 59 languages.
   – Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons can call TDD number
   – Contact your Regional Census Center for more details about the
     types of assistance available and for QAC locations.

Partnership Activities

• <<Insert information about local events, planned partnership
  activities, local campaign information and other organization-specific
  information, including assistance your organization offers or other
  resources and services related to the census.>>


   Contact <<name, title>> at <<phone number>>
                 or <<e-mail>>.

     For information on the 2010 Census, visit

                   Thank you!


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