Why do we have a Census?

The U.S. Constitution mandates a count every 10 years of everyone living in the United States. People of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens will be counted. The population totals from the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw their legislative districts. The totals also affect funding in your community. The information the Census Bureau collects helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is spent each year for critical services like schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, emergency services, affordable housing, and much more. Participation in the Census is mandatory.

Where can I go to get school supplies?

The City of Deltona Fire Department will alter this year’s annual Back to School event to be drive-thru only, from 8 to 11 a m, Saturday, Aug. 8.

This year’s event will be at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Blvd., Deltona. Vehicles will enter the park from Saxon Boulevard and exit onto Section Line Trail.

For more information, call (386) 575-6906, or email backtoschoolfair@deltonafl.gov.

Where can I go for a free mask?

Votran has received 100,000 face masks, which staff has already begun distributing to riders and residents. These masks are available on buses and at Votran’s Transfer Plaza, 207 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach; and the Votran administrative office, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.

Where can I get a free mask?

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is offering free, cloth masks to the public. The masks are available at department locations in Volusia County:

421 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach

1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach

121 W. Rich Ave., DeLand

775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City

Locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no criteria to be eligible for a free, plain white face covering. For more information on how to obtain face coverings from DOH-Volusia, please call (386) 274-0500 and press # for coronavirus information.

Can someone help me with my rent or mortgage?

Rent and mortgage assistance is available for Deltona families and individuals impacted by the coronavirus through loss of employment. Renters and homeowners can apply for assistance for payment of current and, if they remain eligible, future payments. To qualify, applicants must meet income eligibility requirements, the rent or mortgage must have been current as of March, and the dwelling must be in Deltona. Residents may complete the pre-screening questionnaire online at www dot Deltona f l dot gov to see if they qualify.

For non-coronavirus related assistance these organizations in Deltona are also offering rental and utility assistance:

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., Deland, (386) 734-8120 or via at info@neighborhoodcenterwv dot org

How do I get help to pay my light bill?

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., Deland, (386) 734-8120 or via at info@neighborhoodcenterwv dot org

New Hope Human Services, 2855 Lake Helen Osteen Road, Deltona, (386) 532-8291 or via DotBradley@brighthouse dot com.

How can I get help to pay my electric bill?

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia, 434 S. Woodland Blvd., Deland, (386) 734-8120 or via at info@neighborhoodcenterwv dot org

New Hope Human Services, 2855 Lake Helen Osteen Road, Deltona, (386) 532-8291 or via DotBradley@brighthouse dot com.