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Why is the census important for Michigan communities?
It is a mirror that creates a new picture of a community—defining the challenges and opportunities ahead.
What are three things most affected by the census?
Estimates for 2010 are that constitutional revenue sharing rates will be $62.81 per person per year. This does not take into account the formula for statutory revenue sharing.
Political Representation—both federal and state: Census numbers re-draw 435 congressional districts, 1,971 state senate districts, and 5,411 house districts nationwide. In Michigan, 110 house districts and 38 senate districts will be redrawn, as well as council districts in some cities.
Public Infrastructure: Government and businesses use census numbers to locate schools, health centers, public transportation and highways, affordable housing, and retail outlets among other things.
Who is in danger of being undercounted?
When does the population census take place?
The Census Bureau will conduct special counts of the homeless on specific dates near April 1. Households not returning a form will receive home visits and be encouraged to go to Questionnaire Assistance Centers housed at local nonprofits.
What’s new and different this time around?
How easy is census engagement for local governments and nonprofits to do?
What’s the best thing you can do for the census
Visit www.mml.org for easy to access links to http://www.cridata.org/htc/ to determine the “Hard to Count” areas in your community. For additional, up-to-date information, visit www.mnaonline.org/census.asp and www.nonprofitscount.org.
Prepared from materials provided by the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network (www.nonprofitvote.org) for its “Nonprofits Count!” 2010 campaign.