HARTFORD — In order to make sure Hartford has a stronger voice in the 2010 U.S. Census, Mayor Eddie A. Perez today announced the formation of the Complete Count Committee — a group of volunteers who will play a vital role in achieving accuracy in Hartford’s census count as well increase the amount of residents who complete an mail back the Census questionnaire that’s due to come out in March 2010.
“Our goal is to increase our response rate. With the trusted community voices that we have on this committee, I am sure that we can do it. I want to commend the members for their commitment to making sure all of Hartford’s diverse voices are counted,” Perez said.
Hartford’s CCC members are Perez, Lillian I. Ruiz, Chair, Elda Sinani, Vice-Chair, Alexander Nardone, Cornell Lewis, Andy Hart , Ashley Rogers, Bethany Silver, Councilwomen rJo Winch and Veronica Airey-Wilson, Cheryl Zeiner, David Medina, Eloy Toppin, Eric L. Jackson, Evelyn Mantilla, Glendowlyn L. Hall, Homa Naficy , Janet C. Wallans, Kerry E. Martin, Miguel Matos, Maritza Agosto, Marilyn Rossetti, Marta Bentham , Dr. Felix Gonzalez, Richard Freider, Roger J. O’Brien, Sharon Narcisse, Tony Bernardo, Yasha Escalera, Yolanda Rivera and Regina Dyton.
At today’s news conference, speakers emphasized that the Census process is safe, confidential, easy, and important. All information is protected by law which means it cannot be shared with any other government agency. The goal is to diversify and reach out to traditionally underrepresented portions of the population including recent immigrants, non-English speaking residents, religious groups and people living in higher crime areas.
The form is only 10 questions, but the answers affect federal funding and Congressional representation for the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut. Approximately $300 billion dollars in federal funding is distributed to communities each year in regards to education, food assistance, public transportation, programs for seniors, and road repair.
The theme for the 2010 Census (which is mandated by the U.S. Constitution) is “It’s in Our Hands.”