What is Title VI?
Title VI, of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and all related statutes, regulations and directives, provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, disability or income status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 broadened the scope of Title VI coverage by expanding the definition of terms “programs or activities” to include all programs and activities of federal aid recipients, sub-recipients and contractors, whether such programs and activities are federally assisted or not.
What is a Title VI Plan?
The Title VI Plan requires that all local public agencies complete an evaluation of public programs and activities and complete a plan to eliminate discrimination. It also provides a grievance procedure as outlined below. The local public agency must then implement this plan. To view a copy of the Title VI Plan for the City of Hammond, CLICK HERE.
Who is the Title VI Coordinator?
The Title VI Coordinator has been designated to be Sharon M. Daniels, Director of Personnel for the City of Hammond.
Contact information is as follows:
Sharon M. Daniels
5925 Calumet Avenue
Hammond, Indiana, 46320
Title VI Resolution & Grievance Procedure
The City of Hammond adopted Resolution 16R-17 related to adopting policies and procedures under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. To view a copy of this resolution, CLICK HERE.
If any person feels that they have been discriminated against, a formal procedure has been developed to file a grievance, or complaint, as well as to provide a prompt and equitable resolution. To print a copy of the complaint/grievance form, CLICK HERE. Please fill out the form and submit it to the Title Vi Coordinator for review. For a copy of the consent release form, CLICK HERE.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
Per the U.S. Census Bureau 2006-2010 American Community Survey, people who speak English less than “very well” are considered to have Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Executive Order 13166, signed by the President on August 11, 2000, has as its purpose to ensure meaningful access to programs and services to otherwise eligible persons who are not proficient in the English language. A U.S. Census Bureau ISpeak card is available as part of this document. This card allows LEP individuals to communicate their preferred language to CITY staff whereas CITY staff may then access a translation service. For an ISpeak Card, CLICK HERE.