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September 25, 2009

New York State Announces Census Complete Count Grant Program

OSWEGO - The State of New York is making available $2 million in grant money from the 2009-2010 state budget to help promote participation in the 2010 federal census. The New York Census Complete Count Grant program focuses on demographic groups and geographic areas that are at a high risk of being undercounted.

“All residents of the United States, including non-citizens and undocumented immigrants, must be counted every ten years through a nationwide census,” said Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, New York Secretary of State. “However, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that millions of Americans were not counted in the 2000 Census, including over 209,000 New Yorkers.”

Demographic and geographic factors contribute to significant undercounts, which can occur in both urban and rural areas. People who are likely to be hard to count include those with low income, limited education and poor English language skills, as well as those who are unemployed or homeless, and immigrants or migrant workers. Other indicators include those with complex household arrangements such as mobile home and multi-unit residences, gated communities, and hidden housing units.

Cortés-Vázquez continued, “The population of an area plays a critical role in determining federal and state funding to municipalities, as well as representation in the United State House of Representatives, State Legislatures and local governments.”

The grant program is open to local and tribal governments, as well as statewide, regional, local and community not-for-profit organizations.

Applicants are asked to submit ideas for promoting awareness of the census, improving census questionnaire mail-back rates, and encouraging cooperation with census-takers. These may include public education campaigns, community outreach, communications, trainings, and special events.

Applications must be received by the Department of State no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, October 16. E-mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. The original and four copies of the application can be delivered to the following address:

    Department of State Contract Administration Unit
    Attention: New York Census Complete Count Grants
    One Commerce Plaza, 11th Floor, Suite 1110
    99 Washington Avenue
    Albany, N.Y. 12231

For application forms or more information, contact the Department of State at 518/473-3355 or by or visit www.dos.state.ny.us/census/.

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