Ida Perez, director of children and family stability services for Ibero-American Action League, speaks during the ROC Rally to Complete Count July 29 at the David F. Gantt Recreation Center in Rochester. The event updated the community on local census efforts and other activities planned to encourage greater participation in the 2020 census. (EMC file photo)

Ida Perez, director of children and family stability services for Ibero-American Action League, speaks during the ROC Rally to Complete Count July 29 at the David F. Gantt Recreation Center in Rochester. The event updated the community on local census efforts and other activities planned to encourage greater participation in the 2020 census. (EMC file photo)

Rochester events to help residents fill out census questionnaires

To help ensure Rochester has a complete count, organizations across the city are scheduled to host Census Mobile Questionnaire Assistance events through Sept. 29 to help residents fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire.

The United States Census Bureau, in coordination with local partners, identified key locations in areas with low self-response rates, such as the City of Rochester, in order to schedule MQA events to target “hard-to-count” populations.

According Chris Iven, media specialist for the New York Regional Census Center, this serves as the final push to ensure that everyone in Rochester gets counted.

Census response representatives will be available at the following locations and times Sept. 29:

• Sisters of St. Joseph on Lyell Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Foodlink on West Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon

• Father Tracy Advocacy Center on North Clinton Avenue from noon to 4 p.m.

Census response representatives will have census bureau-issued mobile devices and tablets available to help residents safely and securely fill out the census. The questionnaire will be readily available in English as well as one of 12 non-English languages. There also will be language-assistance guides for 59 non-English languages.

Each location will feature banners bearing the 2020 Census logo to help with identification. Individuals seeking help can identify official MQA staff members by their ID badges featuring name, photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information and updates on the 2020 census, visit https://2020census.gov.

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