Senator Ellis Press Release

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March 25, 2010
Contact: Tina Tran, (512) 463-0113

State & Local Officials to Kick Off Local Census Assistance Forums to Encourage All Houston Residents to Be Counted
Community Organizations to Host Two Houston Be Counted Expos

(HOUSTON, TX) — State Senator Rodney Ellis and other local officials will hold a press conference on Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. in the Houston City Hall Rotunda to discuss the importance of a fair and accurate census count and to highlight two Houston Be Counted Expos where residents can obtain in-language assistance for filling out their census forms.

WHO:

Sen. Rodney Ellis
Rep. Sylvester Turner
Rep. Carol Alvarado
Comm. Sylvia Garcia
City Councilwoman Wanda Adams
City Councilman James Rodriquez

WHAT:

Press Conference to Kick Off Houston Be Counted Expos

WHEN:

Friday, March 26th at 10 a.m.

WHERE:

Houston City Hall Rotunda, 901 Bagby Street

The expos, hosted by the Houston Counts Committee and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, will provide residents with assistance in filling out the 10-question census form and information on working for the Census Bureau. Community organizations will also be on hand to conduct free health screenings and to provide free tax assistance.

The Houston Be Counted Expos will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at:

Census questionnaires were mailed to households nationwide starting March 15. Families are encouraged to bring their forms to the expos. A drop box will be provided for submitting completed forms.

Information gathered through the census affects federal, state and local political representation and is used to distribute more than $440 billion annually in federal funding for many vital social and economic programs that benefit Houston residents.

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