Title VI/Environmental Justice Program
The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission-Metropolitan Planning Organization (SETRPC-MPO) prepares the Title VI/Environmental Justice Program to address the responsibilities of the SETRPC-MPO as a recipient of federal financial assistance as they relate to requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Executive Order 12898. These federal laws and orders seek to prevent any form of discrimination and to ensure certain populations are not disproportionately adversely affected by plans, programs, and projects implemented by public agencies.
Title VI – 2023 Update
Limited English Proficiency Plan
The SETRPC-MPO prepared the Limited English Proficiency Plan to address the responsibilities of the SETRPC-MPO as a recipient of federal financial assistance as they relate to the needs of individuals with limited English proficiency language skills. The plan has been prepared in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et seq., and its implementing regulations, which state that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color or natural origin.
Executive Order 13166, titled Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency, indicates that differing treatment based upon a person’s inability to speak, read, write or understand English is a type of national origin discrimination. It directs each agency to publish guidance for its respective recipients clarifying their obligation to ensure that such discrimination does not take place. This order applies to all state and local agencies which receive federal funds, including the SETRPC-MPO.