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Today, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke urged fellow residents of Brooklyn and all New Yorkers to fill out their 2010 Census form. The Census is a vital tool of our democracy that impacts every community across the country.

The results of the Census will determine how more than $445 billion in federal funds will be distributed throughout our community. It also affects representation in Congress and the Electoral College.

“Our community can’t afford to lose out on crucial federal funds and programs,” said Rep. Clarke. “In order to get our fair share of funding for our community, we must count everyone. Our schools, libraries, community centers and so many other important programs all rely on Census results.”

The 2000 Census had a 67% national response rate, with an estimated undercount of more than 3 million people.

“Less than 35% of my constituency participated in the 2000 Census, and our community must improve our Census questionnaire response rate in order to secure our fair share of critical public resources” said Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. “The data provided is invaluable to ensure that our local communities are adequately funded and represented.”

For those who are wary of completing the Census form, know that by law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ individually identifiable answers with anyone, including tribal housing authorities, immigration authorities, other federal agencies, and law enforcement entities.

“I hope you all join me in filling out the Census form,” said Rep. Clarke. “It is the best way to help our community, our schools, and our children. Join me – stand up and be counted.”

For additional information about the Census, please call Rep. Clarke’s district office at (718) 287-1142 or visit