Houston County makes last-minute call for census response

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Residents have just 24 hours left to change Houston County’s census status by taking the U.S Census.

Officials said minority groups are their target and them filling it out will strengthen their communities.

“With everything going on in this climate, I knew it was a big deal to make sure I filled out that census,” resident Terriod Hart said. “I know that’s how you know we are counted and we get more funding.”

“Filling out that census is what I read about it,” resident Anthony Beacham said. “It’s saying that it helps restructure our community and things that are yet to come.”

There was lots of confusion with the deadline continuously changing, but now the deadline is Oct. 15 so the time to fill it out is now.

Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday 99.9 percent of homes were accounted for, but that number was referencing the national self-response rate.

In Houston County, the self-response rate is 63.8 percent — showing a big difference from the national rate and Houston County’s goal of 80 percent.

While some minority members said they know they’re supposed to fill out the census, some said it’s not clear how it will impact them personally.

Officials said the census affects everything from your drive on roadways to your child being served a healthy lunch at school.

That’s why Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba is calling on everyone to fill out the census.

“If you haven’t turned it in, this is it,” Saliba said. “This is the final day to do it. You know I think people need to understand with it affects every single person, every single citizen. It’ll affect a family member. It’ll affect a friend of yours. It’ll affect every one of us.”

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