Equity and Opportunity: DVRPC Title VI Compliance Plan

Equity and Opportunity: DVRPC Title VI Compliance Plan

Product No.: TM14010
Date Published: 03/2014

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have had a longstanding policy of actively ensuring nondiscrimination under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in federally funded activities. Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, 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. A renewed emphasis on Title VI and nondiscrimination issues and environmental justice have become a more integral focus of the transportation planning and programming process. This renewed commitment to Title VI has, and continues to be, reflected in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC's) Work Program, publications, communications, public involvements efforts, and general way of doing business. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Delaware Valley, DVRPC is required to adopt a Title VI Compliance Plan which addresses such issues as responsiveness to Title VI requirements. This document establishes a framework for DVRPC's efforts to ensure compliance with Title VI.

Geographic Area Covered: DVRPC region

Key Words: federal mandates, Title VI responsibilities and assurances, Environmental Justice, organizational and liaison responsibilities, nondiscrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Limited English Proficiency, strategies for engaging the public, compliance, contractual procedures, complaint procedures

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Title VI Statement

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, and related nondiscrimination mandates in all programs and activities. DVRPC's website, www.dvrpc.org, may be translated into multiple languages. Publications and other public documents can usually be made available in alternative languages and formats, if requested. DVRPC’s public meetings are always held in ADA-accessible facilities, and held in transit-accessible locations whenever possible. Translation, interpretation, or other auxiliary services can be provided to individuals who submit a request at least seven days prior to a public meeting. Translation and interpretation services for DVRPC’s projects, products, and planning processes are available, generally free of charge, by calling (215) 592-1800. All requests will be accommodated to the greatest extent possible.

Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice by DVRPC under Title VI and/or ADA has a right to file a formal complaint. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with DVRPC's Title VI Compliance Manager, Alison Hastings, and/or the appropriate state or federal agency within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For more information on DVRPC's Title VI program or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, please visit: www.dvrpc.org/GetInvolved/TitleVI, call (215) 592-1800, or email public_affairs@dvrpc.org.

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