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Final Push to Count Everyone in our Community for the 2020 Census

From The Office of Mayor Eddie Moran

Sep 24, 2020

Reading, PA – After the success of the first 2020 Census Day on July 21st, Mayor Eddie Moran, along with the Berks County Complete Count Committee, the Census Bureau’s Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) personnel, and City Council have kept the momentum going by partnering with local organizations and actively participating in numerous events around the City to get everyone counted.

“The 2020 Census remains a top priority for our administration. I will continue encouraging others to be counted until the very last day,” said Mayor Moran. “An accurate count of our residents will give us updated data on our population and therefore provide us access to the correct amount of federal funding for services our community needs and uses every day.”

“We partnered with the Reading School District, the Reading Housing Authority, the County, local business owners, faith leaders in our community, and various other organizations to reach each resident in every possible way. This caravan is our final opportunity to have those in shelters, homes, working, newly arrived and anyone else that hasn’t been counted. After my conversation with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the Census Bureau’s Associate Director for Field Operations Tim Olson, we confirmed over 120 additional bilingual enumerators for the Reading area. I am confident our results will reflect all of the hard work that has gone into ensuring every person is counted.

The City of Reading and the City of Lancaster will host their census caravan simultaneously this Friday, September 25th. Reading will kick off its caravan at 11:00 a.m. from City Park and end at the 3rd and Spruce playground. The route will reflect areas the Census Bureau has listed as having low self-response rates. The Mayor and City Council members will make pre-coordinated stops along the way with Census MQA’s.

Caravan itinerary:

Kick-off:  11:00 AM     City Park – 11th & Washington St

End:   3:00 PM     3rd & Spruce – 3rd & Spruce St.

*Times shown here are estimates.

Time  Location
11:00 am – 11:30 am1. Sixteenth and Haak Elementary – 1601 Haak Street Reading, PA 19602
11:30 am – 12:00 pm2. Southeast Branch Library – 1426 Perkiomen Avenue Reading, PA 19602
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm3. Southern Middle Elementary School – 931 Chestnut Street Reading PA 19602
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm4. Tenth & Penn Street Elementary School – 955 Penn Street, Reading PA 19601
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm5. Thirteenth & Green Elementary school – 501 N 13th Street Reading PA 19604
2:30 pm – 3:00 pmPAL/Olivet’s Boys & Girls Club  – 328 Walnut Street Reading, PA 19601

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