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Williams Forms Committee to Oversee Census 2020 Efforts for PhoenixWilliams Forms Committee to Oversee Census 2020 Efforts for Phoenix<div class="ExternalClassDD9DF2BADBD54A30AA332A3829CF2987">Mayor Thelda Williams today formed the Census 2020 Ad Hoc Committee – a group of city councilmembers and community leaders who will oversee efforts to ensure that every Phoenix resident is counted in the upcoming Census. <br><br>Census Day is April 1, 2020, but the work has already begun to ensure a complete count of Phoenix’s growing and diverse population.  <br><br>“It is critical that every Phoenix resident is counted,” said Mayor Thelda Williams. “An accurate count ensures Phoenix receives the federal and state funding it counts on to provide services to residents, and I believe that completing this mission will take the support and collaboration of our entire community.”<br><br>The Ad Hoc Committee will be made up of Williams, Councilwomen Debra Stark and Vania Guevara, as well as community leaders Jenifer Corey, Gema Duarte-Luna, Gerardo Higginson, Lachele Mangum, and Verma Pastor.<br><br>The constitution mandates that every resident be counted every 10 years. The count aids the federal government in determining how to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds across the U.S. The count also determines each state’s number of congressional seats.<br><br>An undercount of Phoenix residents could adversely affect Community Development Block Grants (CSBG), Section 8 housing assistance, Head Start/Early Head Start, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food and nutritional services and Medicaid, and law enforcement/homeland security grants, among other major programs. Additionally, highway and transit planning and construction would also be seriously impacted by an undercount.  <br><div style="text-align:center;"></div><div style="text-align:center;">-30-<br></div></div>8/21/2018 12:00:00 AMRaquel Estupinan(602) 261-8823