BUFFALO, N.Y. — Have you been counted yet?
On Friday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown continued the city's week-long push to get residents to complete the U.S. Census.
Friday's focus was on the importance of getting an accurate count so that community centers can get the most funding possible.
Mayor Brown says so many of the programs that help families locally rely on federal funding, which is divided up based on the Census numbers.
"Community centers like Delavan-Grider and many others across the city could not do what they do to benefit our youth, our seniors, and our families without federal funding," the mayor said. "And having a complete and accurate Census count enables us to bring more of that funding into our community."
The Trump Administration moved up the deadline to complete the Census to September 30, but a court ruling last night has now extended that to the end of October.
As part of the final week push, the city will host a mask giveaway at four locations for any resident who completes the Census at one of the distribution centers. Each site will have staff and tablets on hand to help residents fill out the form. Everyone who completes the Census will receive one mask for every member of their household.
Masks will be handed out on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
- The Johnnie B Wiley Amateur Athletics Sports Pavilion
- The Delavan-Grider Community Center
- The Belle Community Center
- The Broadway Market
If you haven't already, you can fill out the Census online here or over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020. Information provided to the Census Bureau is confidential and will not be shared with any other federal agency.