Census 2010 Tools & Resources for Asian Pacific Islanders

Asian Pacific Islander Community: Census 2010 Tools & Resources

*Please distribute widely*

Census 2010 forms should have been mailed to you by now!  Be sure to tell your clients, colleagues, family, and friends to fill out their forms and mail them back to ensure our community receives much-needed federal resources.

ACLF is a partner with the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) and Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF) in Washington DC to engage communities of color to participate in the Census 2010 – largely resulting from ACLF’s Community Leaders Program 2009 community project partnership with the local U.S. Census Bureau.   As a local partner organization, ACLF serves as a hub for information and technical assistance on the 2010 Census through trainings, events, and aggressive outreach to hard-to-count populations.  AAJC census partners nationally include: Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern, California in Los Angeles, CA; Asian American Institute in Chicago, IL; Asian American Federation in New York, NY; Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) in Seattle, WA; Boat People SOS in Houston, TX; Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc., (CPACS) in Atlanta, GA; Hmong American Partnership (HAP) in St. Paul, MN and MQVN Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC) in New Orleans, LA

Contact: Linh Ngo, ACLF Census 2010 Project Manager (linhpngo@gmail.com /206.625.3850)

CONTENTS:

1) Filling Out The Form (includes image of Census 2010 Form and Envelope)

2) What’s On The Form

3) Access to Bilingual & Translated Forms

4) Census Bureau Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QACs)

5) Community Census Assistance Forums

6) “Make Our Community Count” March 6, 2010 – Census 2010 Forum on the Seattle Public Channel

7) ACLF’s Community Leaders Program 2009 Class Project – Myths & Facts Traveling Exhibit

Links to API Census Myths & Facts: Cambodian, Chinese, English, Korean, Laotian, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese

8) U.S. Department of Justice: Census Confidentiality Laws Trump the Patriot Act

9) AALDEF Offers New Reason for Undocumented Immigrants to Participate

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Take Action Now!

The 2010 census forms should have been mailed to you by now!  Be sure to tell your clients, colleagues, family, and friends to fill out their forms and mail them back to ensure your community receives much-needed federal funding.

What if in 10 minutes you could help secure federal funding to support education, health care, housing and economic development in your community?  By filling out the 10 questions on your census form and mailing it back, you can help your neighborhood, city, and state.  Counting every person living in this country is a huge job and we need everyone’s participation!

If every member of your community is not counted in the census, we all lose.  Each person who doesn’t get counted could cost the community more than $14,000 in urgently needed resources over the next 10 years.  In the 2000 census, nearly 16 million people went uncounted.  Most of the people not counted came from low-income and minority populations.

In addition to allocating funds, the census affects your voice in Congress.  Census data is used to adjust the number of districts per state and the number of representatives your state has in Congress.  Imagine what a powerful, positive impact we can have by making sure that each person in our families, neighborhoods, and communities is counted!

Filling Out the Form

Your household should have received a letter from the director of the US Census Bureau, followed by an envelope with the census form. The form only needs to filled out once for your household no matter how many people live there. The form has only 10 questions and can take just 10 minutes.

·         Name

·         Sex

·         Age

·         Date of birth

·         Hispanic origin

·         Race

·         Relationship to the person completing the form

·         Whether you own or rent

·         Phone number to be used only if the Census Bureau must follow up to clarify information

What’s On The Form

The form covers six topics, and the Census Bureau estimates that most people will be able to fill it out in less than 10 minutes. These topics are listed below:

  1. Tenure: Is the home owned or rented?
  2. Relationship: How are the people in the household related to each other?
  3. Sex
  4. Age
  5. Hispanic origin (considered an ethnicity, not a race)
  6. Race (respondents may choose one or more races)

The census form includes several other questions designed to help the Census Bureau determine if everyone in the household is correctly included on the form and if people are being counted in the right place. For example, residents can indicate if they included someone on the form, such as a college student, who also stays elsewhere most of the time.

Bilingual & Translated Forms

  • Census forms are available in Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, and Korean.
  • Translated census forms can be requested by calling the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance line. See below.
  • There are language guides for more than 50 additional languages.

Where to Get Help

  • Telephone Questionnaire Assistance (TQA) Center numbers:

English             1-866-872-6868

Chinese            1-866-935-2010

Korean              1-866-955-2010

Russian            1-866-965-2010

Spanish            1-866-928-2010

Vietnamese       1-866-945-2010

TDD                 1-866-783-2010 (for those with hearing impairments)

Puerto Rico       1-866-939-2010 (English)

Puerto Rico       1-866-929-2010 (Spanish)

  • Link to: Community Assistance Forums in unity with National Census Action Week March 22-27. Community organizations in cities nationwide are organizing census activities. Our Make Our Community Count partners will be providing assistance in line with this week.

Additional Resources

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Linh Ngo
Census 2010 Project Manager
Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation
206.625.3850 ||  www.aclfnorthwest.org

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