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March 22nd, 2010
Census bureau opens 9 San Marcos locations

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The U.S. Census Bureau has opened nine sites in San Marcos where area residents can receive assistance with their simplified ten-question 2010 Census questionnaires.

The Questionnaire Assistance Centers opened March 19 and will remain open through April 19. The open hours at each location will vary so it is best to check each site. For most county residents with home mailing addresses, the 2010 Census questionnaires have already arrived in the mail.

According to Vern Eglit of the Dallas Regional Census Bureau Office, sites located in San Marcos include the following:

  • Southside Community Center, 518 Guadalupe Street
  • Hays Caldwell Blanco Community Action office, 101 Uhland Road
  • San Marcos Housing Authority, 1201 Thorpe Lane
  • Hays County personal Health Department, 401 Broadway
  • Bowie Elementary School, 4020 Monterrey Drive
  • Springtown Villa, 503 Springtown Way
  • De Zavala Elementary School, 600 FM 61 on De Zavala Drive
  • San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins St.
  • C.M. Allen Homes, 705 River Road.

“Be Counted” sites where Census forms can be picked up are located at the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Office, 501 South LBJ Drive, and the San Marcos Housing Authority, 701 South LBJ Drive.

Staff at the Questionnaire Assistance Centers can help individuals who cannot read or need the questions translated into another language. Reading assistance can be provided in five languages in addition to English, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Russian.

In San Marcos, local Census outreach coordinator Margie Villalpando staffs an office located at 211 Lee Street in the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, formerly Bonham School. Her office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays, but callers can leave messages, which she will return promptly. The office telephone number is 512-618-0413.

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, every person living in the United States must be counted — both citizens and non-citizens — every 10 years. Data from this national count help determine key funding and government representation decisions. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments each year, based on Census data. This funding is used for new roads, schools, hospitals and to enhance important community programs. Community planners and governments rely on Census data to determine where there is a need for additional social services and funding.

Personal information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau cannot be shared with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. Law prohibits the release of specific information for 72 years.

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