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Get ready to be counted, the government says at Census 2020 kickoff

U.S Census Partnership specialist Guadalupe Ferreyra speaks about the 2020 Census on Monday afternoon April 1, 2019 on the 10th Street Plaza in downtown Modesto, Calif.
U.S Census Partnership specialist Guadalupe Ferreyra speaks about the 2020 Census on Monday afternoon April 1, 2019 on the 10th Street Plaza in downtown Modesto, Calif. jlee@modbee.com

Government officials and community activists held an event on Monday to encourage everyone to take part in the 2020 Census.

Getting a proper count is vital, Modesto Mayor Ted Brandvold said, to ensuring government agencies get enough money for programs such as those to help the homeless.

“Modesto has not been shy about the local homeless crisis and the dire need for affordable housing,” Brandvold said at the event, held at Tenth Street Place in downtown Modesto. “Starting with good data is paramount to what we do.”

Census Day is one year from Monday, April 1, 2020.

“The U.S Constitution mandates that a census of the population be counted once every 10 years for the purposes of reapportioning Congress,” Stanislaus County officials said in a news release. “Census data is also used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, housing and affordable housing, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.

“The Central Valley stands to lose up to $2 billion dollars in federal and state funding if the Census numbers are misrepresented for our region.”

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