Census updates county addresses
“Maybe we can get a good count this time,” District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman said.
Lassen County will participate in the Local Update of Census Addresses. LUCA is a voluntary partnership allowing the bureau to update its master address file for 2010, according to the bureau Web site at census.gov. The bureau needs complete and accurate address records to get an exact census count.
Chapman said a lot of federal funding is dependant on the census.
“The last go ‘round in 2000, somewhere between a half-a-million and three-quarters-of-a-million Californians were not counted,” he said. “They had to come back in like 2002 and do some revisions because the numbers were deficient.”
At its Tuesday, Nov. 27 meeting, the board unanimously authorized Chairman Brian Dahle to sign participation registration forms for the bureau’s LUCA program.
“Tribal, state and local governments can contribute to a more complete and accurate census for their community,” the Web site said, “by reviewing and commenting on the list of housing-unit and group-quarters addresses that the census bureau will use to deliver questionnaires within their community.”
The census bureau’s list of housing units includes detached and attached housing, apartments and mobile homes. Group quarters include two categories of people not living in households.
The institutionalized population includes people under formally authorized, supervised care or custody in institutions, such as correctional institutions, nursing homes and juvenile institutions.
The noninstitutionalized population includes all people who live in group quarters other than institutions, such as college dormitories, military quarters and group homes.
The census Web site describes the LUCA process as follows:
•The invited governments designate a LUCA liaison to review the portion of the census address list covering the area under its jurisdiction. The LUCA liaison will be subject to the same confidentiality requirements as census workers, prohibiting the disclosure of census information. The address list is confidential under Title 13 U.S.C. and participants must review a set of security guidelines and sign a confidentiality agreement promising to protect the confidentiality of the addresses.
•The census bureau will send the LUCA liaison an address list from the master address file, corresponding maps and address tallies.
•In areas with city-style addresses, the LUCA liaison can provide input regarding individual addresses on the list, as well as addresses missing from the list that should be added. The census bureau will verify the input during the address-canvassing operation and provide feedback to the participants about the results.
•In areas with noncity-style addresses (e.g., rural route and box number or post office box numbers), the LUCA liaisons will provide input regarding the count of housing-unit and group-quarters addresses. The census bureau will visit each census block during the 2010 census address canvassing operation and update the census address list. The census bureau will provide the LUCA participants with an updated address list and maps during the feedback phase.
•Public Law 103-430 allows the LUCA participants to appeal the census bureau determinations provided during the feedback phase. All appeals must be adjudicated prior to census day to ensure that the housing unit is visited during the enumeration phase. An agency independent of the census bureau will review and decide on all appeals prior to census day, April 1, 2010.
The county has 120 calendar days to conduct its review of LUCA materials. It must return the list and maps to the bureau by April 4, 2008.
A field check of all addresses, called the address-canvassing operation, is planned for spring 2009. The canvass is designed to verify housing-unit addresses in each census block.
Canvassers will add to the 2010 census address list any additional addresses they find and make any other needed corrections to the 2010 census address list and maps.
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