Phoenix introduces outreach vans to assist residents with 2020 census
PHOENIX — The city of Phoenix is aiming to make it easier for residents to participate in the 2020 census.
Mayor Kate Gallego on Thursday announced a partnership with Microsoft and Cisco for six outreach vans that will roam around the city and offer assistance with the decennial count of people living in the U.S.
The vans will be outfitted with internet and be ADA accessible, according to Gallego.
For the first time ever, @CityofPhoenixAZ goes digital for the @uscensusbureau. @iCount2020 campaign now has six ”outreach vans” with technology to help educate and assist the community to participate. “Each year Phoenix receives $866 million from the census,” –@MayorGallego. pic.twitter.com/CAZzBjHB9L
— Ali Vetnar (@Ali_Vetnar) September 12, 2019
The 2020 census will be the first to allow citizens to complete it using the internet or telephone.
“If you don’t have internet at home or want someone to help you when you fill out your census, you can do it in one of our cool vans,” Gallego told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
The U.S. Census Bureau said earlier this week it is looking to hire thousands of Arizonans to help with the census.
Census Day for the 2020 event is April 1.
“It means so much to this community,” Gallego said of the census. “It’s whether or not we have more resources for early childhood care for our young people, support for libraries, quality of streets and more.”
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.