Full and accurate census count important to city's bottom line

Fill out your census form and mail it in today.

Answering 10 simple questions this month can make all the difference for economically stressed Cleveland Heights.

With one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 Census, arriving on your doorstep soon, asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship and whether you own or rent your home. It takes only about 10 minutes for the average household to complete.

Pop it in the mail by National Census Day on April 1, and you've done an easy and important civic duty. Everything from infrastructure development to community food bank assistance to senior services is influenced by national census data. Locally, the census helps Cleveland Heights maintain critical Community Development Block Grant programming for low and moderate income neighborhoods, including assistance to the Heights Parent Center and Home Repair Resource Center, among others.

Responses to the 2010 Census questionnaire are required by law and all are strictly confidential.

Don’t speak English? Forms are available in many languages. Don’t have a form? Pick one up in many locations around town. Don’t have a permanent address? You will be counted where you live and sleep most of the time. Questions? Call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at 1-866-872-6868 or visit www.2010census.gov.

Sarah Wean is a community volunteer.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 10:59 AM, 02.16.2010