2010 Census LUCA Program
By Craig Best, U.S. Census Bureau, Kansas City Regional Office
The Local Update of Census Addresses program, also known as LUCA, is a decennial census geographic partnership program that will allow the U.S. Census Bureau to benefit from local knowledge in developing its Master Address File (MAF) for the 2010 Census. Tribal, state, and local governments can contribute to a more complete and accurate census for their community by reviewing and commenting on the list of housing units and group quarters addresses that the Census Bureau will use to deliver questionnaires within their community.
The LUCA Program kicked off in late January 2007 when announcement letters were mailed to the highest elected officials of all local governments. The Census Bureau will sponsor a series of LUCA informational presentations throughout the state in the spring. Local governments will receive the formal invitation and signup forms in July and will be invited to attend technical training sessions in late summer.
Program participants will have at least 120 days to conduct their reviews with all material returned to the Census Bureau by April 2008. The Census Bureau will process the returned materials, will field verify all information in Spring 2009, and will provide feedback to the participants by October 2009.
The Census Bureau has set up a toll free number and generic email address for the LUCA program in Minnesota. Feel free to refer LUCA inquiries to: 866-511-LUCA or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, a brochure entitled "Will your Community Be Ready for the 2010 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Program?" is available in PDF format at www.census.gov/geo/www/luca2010/LUCA%20flyer_06262006.pdf