The New Bedford Census Help Centers have gone virtual, and will now be accessible by phone so that city residents can receive support and assistance if they need help filling out their census forms.

By filling out the census and including all household members, residents ensure their city receives its fair share of federal funding for the health care system, schools, public safety, and roads and bridges, said the office of Mayor Jon Mitchell.

Anyone who needs help or has questions about their census forms may call the following centers at the times listed:

CEDC – 508-979-4684 : Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Council on Aging – 508-961-3100: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Immigrants’ Assistance Center – 508-996-8113: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New Bedford Public Schools – 508-997-4511 ext. 14601: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New Bedford Public Library – 508-991-6275: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
YWCA – 508-525-6517: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The New Bedford Census 2020 Complete Count Committee is also making direct phone calls to city residents to encourage people to fill out the census. Residents will not be asked to provide any personal details, including Social Security numbers or financial information such as credit card numbers. Mitchell's office said that residents should never provide that type of information to anyone on the phone.

More information about the 2020 Census and New Bedford Counts, the City’s 2020 Census effort, is available at www.newbedford-ma.gov/census.

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