A group of volunteers appointed by Mayor Tom Henry is charged with ensuring the Census 2020 count is as complete and accurate as possible.
The Fort Wayne Complete Count Committee met for the first time Oct. 18; the community leaders represent Fort Wayne's diverse populations, according to a statement from the mayor's office. Black, white, Hispanic and Burmese community members are on the group. They come from a variety of groups including the courts, schools, hospitals, Muslim and Christian faiths and nonprofits, including for the aged. They will partner with federal officials and grass-roots leaders to create strategies for informing all residents about the census, which begins April 1, 2020. Palermo Galindo, the city’s community liaison, is the staff representative on the committee.
“Getting an accurate census count is critical for the city of Fort Wayne,” Henry said in the announcement. “Federal dollars needed to support our residents, schools, roads and more are allocated based on our population as determined by the census. I urge every resident to complete their census form so that our community will receive our fair share of federal funding.”
The census happens once every 10 years, and all households are asked to complete the form on April 1, 2020. Census data determines the number of congressional seats Indiana receives in the U.S. House of Representatives and guides the redistricting of state and local legislative districts.
Census data also helps determine the amount of federal funding for state and local governments. For example, Indiana, its residents and government organizations received just under $18 billion in federal funding in 2016. The dollars were allocated for Medicaid, Medicare, food assistance, highway construction, Title 1 grants to local schools, special education grants, school lunch programs, low-income housing programs and more.
Members of the Complete Count Census Committee are:
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Complete Count Committee
Fort Wayne Complete Count Committee comprised of key community leaders representing Fort Wayne’s diverse populations, the committee will partner with federal officials and grassroots leaders to create strategies for informing all residents about the 2020 census, which begins on April 1, 2020.