March 22, 2010 | The Paramus Post | Original Article

NJ Assembly Latino Caucus To Urge Latinos And Immigrants To Fully Participate In The 2010 Census

As 2010 U.S. Census forms arrive in more than 120 million mailboxes across the country this week, the New Jersey Assembly Latino Caucus on Monday will pledge its full support for the Census and encourage the Latino community to participate in the easiest and safest census in the U.S. history.

Representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau will also be on hand and underscore their significant outreach efforts and support materials targeted at immigrant communities. They will also illustrate how community organizations, churches, schools, businesses and more can help motivate their stakeholders to be counted in the “Hágase Contar” campaign.

Asking just 10 questions and taking only about 10 minutes to complete, the 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history.
The Census Bureau is encouraging households to return their forms by mail because taxpayers can save about $85 million in operational costs for every percentage point increase in the national mail participation rate

WHEN: Monday, March 22, 2010 10:15am –10:45am

WHERE: New Jersey State House Annex – Committee Room 6

125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625

Featured speakers: Nellie Pou, Assemblywoman, New Jersey 35th Legislative District
Ligia Jaquez, New York Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau

About the 2010 Census
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to be conducted every 10 years. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states; to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state, and tribal governments each year; and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form will be one of the shortest in U.S. history and consists of just 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.


March 8-10: Advance letters are mailed to most homes.
March 15-17: Mailing of 2010 Census form to most homes.
March 19 – April 19: Opening of Be Counted Sites / Questionnaire Assistance Centers in select neighborhood locations to provide extra forms and help to those who need it, as well as the nationwide Telephone Assistance Center.
March 22-24: Mailing of reminder postcards.
March 29-31: Service-based enumeration - census workers count homeless people at shelters, soup kitchens/food vans, and selected outdoor locations.
April 1-10: Second mailing of 2010 Census form to many homes that have not returned first one.
April 1, 2010: Official Census Day. Group quarters enumeration begins.
May 1: Launch of Non-Response Follow-up operations - census workers visit households that have not mailed back their census form.
July 24: Launch of Vacant Delete Check operations.
August 6: Launch of Field Verification operations.
Dec. 31, 2010: Reporting of Census data to the President of the United States.