Center for Public Polict to Host Census 2010 on Campus

March 23, 2010

With Census Day quickly approaching, the University of Houston Center for Public Policy (CPP) will host a Census 2010 on Campus featuring Census information tables with resources and assistance on how to fill out the 2010 census form. The booths will be set up from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through April 22 at the University Center and UC Satellite. The event is part of a series of similar forums occurring across the country this week under the ya es hora, ¡HAGASE CONTAR! Campaign. The national coordinated effort seeks to ensure that all Latinos participate in the 2010 Census. In addition, the Center for Public Policy wants to ensure that all UH students are counted as well.

The event will provide participants with information on the importance of the census, and direct assistance with filling out the form will also be available. The U.S. Constitution requires all residents of the United States, including immigrants, to participate in the decennial census. Census statistics determine reapportionment and political representation, and are also used for allocating $440 billion annually in federal funding for scores of social and economic programs that benefit the states and localities. Perhaps most immediately important to college students is the data collected by the 2010 Census will affect college tuition grant and loan programs and supply critical information to college faculty, researchers, students and librarians.

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Mike Angel