Mayor Victorino and his Complete Count Committee released a second video today to kick off the 2020 Census and encourage all Maui County residents  to help our County get the maximum federal dollars possible. The Complete Count Committee reminds residents that everyone counts – including keiki born on or before today, April 1st.

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“While we stay at home to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, it’s important for everyone to be counted in the 2020 Census,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “Responding to the Census is easy and can be done online, by phone or by mail. Your participation results in real dollars for the people of Maui County.

Despite unavoidable and understandable delays due to the current health crisis in the country, the early rate of self-responses has been encouraging. Over 38% of U.S. residents have sent in their responses, mostly online, since the website opened in mid-March. Responses can also be given by telephone. In mid-April, paper questionnaires will be mailed to households who haven’t yet responded.

Federal funds will be distributed over the next 10 years, based on census data. The funds will help us strengthen our County’s Head Start program; schools; Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.; Medicaid; roads and other infrastructure; and public housing.

Each response brings more than $1,500 back to Maui, Lana’i and Moloka’i.  As a reminder, there is no information required on citizenship or finances.

“I want to mahalo star Kathy ‘Tita’ Collins and videographer Colin Mendoza for helping us spread the word on the 2020 Census,” Mayor Victorino said.