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 CENSUS 2020: MAKE SURE YOU ARE COUNTED
Provided By: US Census Bureau
  The U.S. Constitution requires that the pop- ulation of the United States including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, America Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) be counted every ten years. The first Census was conducted in 1790 and 2020 is the 24th count in U.S. histo- ry. Your personal information is kept confidential, and is only used for statistical purposes.
monitor compliance with anti-discrimination
 provisions.
• About the relationship of each person in your
home? This information allows the Census Bureau to create estimates about families, households, and other groups.
 The results of the Census determine the num- ber of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and population data generated by the Census is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. The Census also pro- vides critical data that is used daily for economic development, community program development, and to distribute billions in federal funding to cities, hospitals, fire and police departments, schools, roads, and other community resources.
The Census will never ask you for your Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, or your bank or credit card account numbers.
 National Census Day is April 1, 2020. In late March, every residence in the U.S. should receive an invitation in the mail to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, even on your cell phone, or by phone or by mail. This is the first time Americans have the option of respond- ing online.
• Whether the home is owned or rented? This question will track rates of homeownership and renting. Rates of homeownership are one indi- cator of the nation's economy.
You might see a census taker in your neigh- borhood to verify addresses, collect responses, and conduct quality checks. These workers help ensure an accurate and complete count by veri- fying addresses and noting where houses, apart- ments, shelters, and other residences are located. In May 2020, Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to ensure that everyone is counted. Census staff will have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce logo and an expiration date, to verify their identity or report any concerns, you call 1-800-923-8282.
Patients in hospitals for routine stays should report their home address as their place of resi- dence. People in nursing facilities should report the facility as their place of residence. College students who are living at home should be count- ed at their home address. College students who live away from home should count themselves at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
• About the age of each person in your home? The U.S. Census Bureau creates statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups which is used to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older adults.
If you need assistance with your Census sur- vey, reach out to your Area Agency on Aging, Commission on Aging, or senior center.
The following types of questions will be asked:
• About the race of each person in your home? This data helps federal agencies monitor com- pliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
If a Calhoun County senior needs help com- pleting the census survey, help is available by calling CareWell Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Calhoun and Barry Counties at (269) 441-0973, or Calhoun County Senior Services, the County office that administers Senior Millage, at (296) 781-0846.
• How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020? This will count the U.S. population.
• About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? These responses help create statistics about this ethnic group which is needed by federal agencies to
Be counted! It’s important for the future health of our community.
• About the sex of each person in your home? Statistics about males and females are used in planning and funding government programs.
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. You should report these scams to your local police depart- ment.
    SENIOR TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
 ORGANIZATION
Alamo Transportation
Alpha Medical Transport
Battle Creek Tele-Transit
Branch Area Transit Authority
Community Action Senior Transportation
Marshall Dial-A-Ride
Ready Ride Transportation
Senior Transportation, DC Services LLC
AREA
Calhoun & Jackson Counties
Battle Creek Area
Battle Creek Area
Branch County
Calhoun County- Albion
Marshall
Michigan
Michigan, Northern IN
SERVICE CONDITIONS
Door-to-Door Service
Curb-To-Curb
Origination To Destination
PHONE
(517) 494-0029
(844) 895-4809
(269) 966-3474
(517) 278-5889
(269) 565-4144
(269) 781-3975
(616) 261-2400
(517) 677-9262
HOURS
M-F, 7am-5pm
By Appointment
M-F, 5:15am-mid- night, Sat, 9:15am-5pm
Daily
M,T,W,F, 9am-2:30pm
M-F, 7am-6pm
By Appointment
By Appointment
COST
Bills Medicare/Medicad
Arranged through individual health insurance plans; direct pay not accepted
$2 one-way for senior/disabled, Personal attendants ride free, $7 adults ($5 after 6:45pm)
Half Fare for Handicapped & Senior Citizens Over 60
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
$1.50 one-way for seniors, 60+, disabled, children 5-12, $3.00 adults/children 13+
Contact for Rates
$0.50/mile
NOTES
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
Reservation Needed, 10 punch pass for $20, 20 punches for $40
Weekly Subscriptions Available
Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
Free on Wed for seniors, age 60 and over
10% Discount for Veterans
Starting from Tekonsha
  Albion Marshall Connector
Marshall, Ablion
Curb-To-Curb
(269) 781-3975 or (517) 654-3000
M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm
$1 one way for seniors, 60+; disabled & children 6-12, $2 adults/children 13+
 Must have exact change, can receive tokens for future trips if you overpay
 Area Wide Transportation
Southern Michigan
(269) 679-6999
Available 24 hours/ day
Bills Medicare/Medicad
 Rider responsible for any costs not covered
Battle Creek Transit - Fixed Route
Battle Creek
Fixed Routes
(269) 966-3474
M-F, 5:15am-6:45pm, Some Routes Sat, 9:15am-5pm
$0.60 seniors
Must have exact change, 12 punch pass for $6, 48 punches for $24
 Community Action Senior Transportation
Calhoun County- Battle Creek
Origination To Destination
(269) 565-4144
M-F, 8am-4:30pm
$1 suggested cost share per ride, funded by Senior Millage
 Must schedule more than 24 hours in advance
 JTC Transportation Service LLC
Calhoun County Area
Within 150 miles
(269) 339-6928
Daily 6am-8pm
Wheelchair $35+$1.50/mile after 20miles, Ambulatory $25+$1.50/ mile after 20miles
 Mobility 1 Transportation
Southern Michigan
Will Travel Out Of Michigan
(269) 430-5055
By Appointment
Can bill some Medicad plans
 10-15% Disc for ambulatory frequency
 JNZ Transportation
Michigan
(517) 879-0978
7-days, 6am-6pm
Wheelchair $45+$2/mile, Ambulatory $30+$2/mile
  Details subject to change.To have your senior transportation added or changes to your listing, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1479 ext. 302 or ssherban@scenepub.com.
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