Baraka advocates need for citizens to be counted in Census

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (City of Newark - City Hall/Facebook photo)
Urban News Staff Reports

The message of Newark’s 2020 Census push is simple: "Everybody counts."

That's what Mayor Ras Baraka wants citizens to know as the Census gets underway next month. Deputy mayor of community engagement Jacqueline Quiles is hosting several events this month to get the word out so Newarkers can be counted to get their fair share of federal funding.

The first event was held this week in the East Ward at Casa Seabras. Another one is being held on Feb. 18 at St. James AME Church in Central Ward and Feb. 24 at Flamboyan Mannor in the North Ward

“Every one of our residents needs to be counted – including resident college students, undocumented people and those without permanent addresses,”Baraka said. “Think of it as your civic duty to help Newark continue to move forward.”

Federal funds help support City’s public schools, police and fire divisions, road construction and other infrastructure projects, food programs, affordable housing development, and just about every other City government function.

Census-takers will devote three days to counting people without permanent addresses. On March 30, Census workers will count people in shelters, on March 31 they will count people served at soup kitchens and mobile food operations. The following day, April 1, they will count people who choose not to be sheltered and live outdoors.

“Federal funding touches every aspect of our services and systems, which means it impacts every resident’s daily life," Baraka said. “We all want quality education for our children, safe streets, good roads and high-quality, accessible social services. If we want those things, we must make sure we are counted, every last one of us.”

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