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Census canvassing underway

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 17, 2019

GROSSE POINTES — Local officials want residents to be aware that workers with the U.S. Census Bureau have begun doing address canvassing in neighborhoods in the Grosse Pointes.

In an email, Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte said this is a “preliminary, on-foot information gathering effort to determine if dwellings are single residences or multiple residence properties.” The canvassers “ask limited questions” and have U.S. Census Bureau nametags, and they may or may not take a photograph of individual residences, he said.

The regional office for Michigan census takers is in Chicago and can be reached by calling (312) 579-1500, and Schulte said local residents can call that number if they have any questions.

Jennifer Palms Boettcher, president of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, said by email that the canvassers will be knocking on the doors of random households to verify residency between now and Oct. 15. She said they’ll be recording their findings on a tablet. Because cooperation with the census is vital for the community — federal and other funding sources are often based on population, and accurate population data is important for a host of other reasons as well — Palms Boettcher said the GPCC intends to serve “as the face and the voice of census work, so if people have questions or concerns, they can contact us or the Wayne County Census Bureau.”

Grosse Pointers with census questions can reach the GPCC at (313) 881-4722.