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Census workers are in the field counting folks. Need we remind communities that more than $400 billion in federal funds (for schools, hospitals, roads, etc.) will be distributed based, in part, on Census counties. (Not to mention representation in Congress.)
The Main Street project was begun to help rural communities get a full and fair count of their populations. “Communities lose around $1,200 every year in federal funds for each person who goes uncounted,” said Steven Renderos, organizer with the Main Street Project. “Many of the people in these communities will be unlikely to participate unless they get information from organizations and leaders they know and trust.”
The Main Street Project has developed some guides for how to get a full Census count. Go here for details.