“You just found out today?”
“Twenty minutes before we got here.”
Janet Lewis had a big smile on her face as she left the parking lot of a church where she’d just taken a basic skills test in order to be a census worker.
“I prayed about it and I told God to send me a solution to get my car fixed and my sister called and said she was over here, so I’m excited.”
Slne Louissant took the test after hearing about it the opportunity from her sister.
“Right now, I am in transition so I figured, let me make my time useful and help out wherever I can.”
Census spokesman Eduardo Guity says just about everyone is eligible to be a census worker. All you have to do is pass a basic skills reading and math test in order to be eligible.
“Do well on the test that’s important, because that’s what gets you high on the list. When they go door to door they are actually taking the survey for the people. Virtually, they will be asked: name, how many people live in the home, race and ethnicity, all of the ten basic questions that are on the census form that was not mailed in or on time.”
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says the hiring of census workers is important because it puts more Houstonians back to work and it also will help get more people counted, which will benefit the city when it comes to federal funding.
“Most importantly there are pockets that are in low income or minority neighborhoods that are in fact even larger undercounts. That’s really our crucial question is to make sure that the people who need to be counted are counted. That’s every single person and the resources come, really to help people lift themselves out of poverty.”
In order to take the skills text you have to make an appointment. The number to call is 866-861-2010. If you missed it, you can go to KUHF’s website.
Houston’s Julian Miller took the test and hopes she’ll get called back and put to work.
“Hopefully I scored great enough, so I can get the opportunity to work for the census bureau.”
Besides door-to-door workers there are some managerial and supervisor positions available as well. But you’ll need a college degree to be hired for those. Census jobs start at eight dollars and hour and go up to 24 dollars and hour.