Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires agencies receiving federal funds to provide language assistance measures for individuals with limited English proficiency. SEMCOG performed an analysis to determine the most common languages spoken in Southeast Michigan. Three languages were identified that are spoken by greater than one percent of Southeast Michigan’s population – English, Spanish, and Arabic. Below is a summary of SEMCOG's actions to provide language assistance:
- Title VI webpage is provided in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
- Title VI Plan, Title VI Complaint Form, and Limited English Proficiency Plan are provided online in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
- SEMCOG offers interpretation services, including language translation and signage for the hearing impaired, at public meetings upon request with seven days advance notice.
- Translation of other vital SEMCOG documents are available upon request.
SEMCOG was established in 1968 as a regional planning partnership in Southeast Michigan. We are accountable to local governments who join as members. Membership is open to all counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts, community colleges, and public universities in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. Citizens are represented at SEMCOG through their local elected officials. Funding for SEMCOG is provided by federal and state grants, contracts, and membership dues.
SEMCOG supports local planning through its technical, data, and intergovernmental resources. SEMCOG's plans improve the quality of the region's water, make the transportation system safe and effective, revitalize communities, and spur economic development.
As the region's designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, SEMCOG is responsible for regional transportation planning.
Under the federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Clean Air Act, SEMCOG is the designated planning agency for both water and air quality.
SEMCOG is responsible for specific housing and land use planning elements as authorized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As the Michigan State Single Point of Contact (SPOC), SEMCOG reviews select federal grant applications for a variety of local, regional, and state projects in relation to regional plans and policies.
SEMCOG is governed by a board of local elected officials. Staff is organized into five operational groups: Data Collection and Analysis, Plan and Policy Development, Plan Implementation, Membership and External Affairs, and Internal Support. SEMCOG’s ethic along with state and federal regulation require that the organization meets the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The primary function of this Title VI Plan is to address Title VI requirements, specifically how those requirements are addressed in SEMCOG activities and operations.
II. NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY STATEMENT
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) assures that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity. SEMCOG further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs and activities are federally funded or not. Furthermore, SEMCOG will not exclude persons based on age, religion, or disability. More specifically, SEMCOG assures that efforts will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies, and activities on minority and low income populations. Additionally, SEMCOG will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency. In the event SEMCOG distributes federal-aid funds to another governmental entity, SEMCOG will include Title VI language in all written agreements and will monitor for compliance. SEMCOG’s Title VI Coordinator is responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities, preparing required reports, and other SEMCOG responsibilities as required by 23 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 200 and 49 Code of Federal Regulation 21. Complaints of discrimination under Title VI will be promptly addressed by the SEMCOG Title VI Coordinator.
SEMCOG Title VI Plan (pdf, 215KB)
Title VI Complaint Form (pdf, 58KB)
SEMCOG Limited English Proficiency Plan (pdf, 151KB)