Title VI Policy

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. (42 USC. Section 2000d).

Title VI Complaint Procedures

 The complainant may file a signed, written complaint up to one hundred and eighty (180) days from the date of the alleged discrimination. The complaint should include the following information: 

·         Your name, mailing address, and how to contact you (i.e., telephone number, email address, etc.) 

·         How, when, where and why you believe you were discriminated against. Include the location, names, and contact information of any witnesses. 

·         Other information that you deem significant 

 The Title VI Complaint Form (see Appendix C) may be used to submit the complaint information. The complaint may be filed in writing or by e-mail with AGENCY at the following address:

 Lauri Czarnecki, Support Services Coordinator

Montcalm County Commission On Aging

613 North State Street, P.O. Box 212

Stanton, MI 48888

Phone (989) 831-7476

Fax 989-831-7485

Email address: lczarnecki@montcalm.us

 NOTE: AGENCY encourages all complainants to certify all mail that is sent through the U.S. Postal Service and/or ensure that all written correspondence can be tracked easily. For complaints originally submitted by facsimile, an original, signed copy of the complaint must be mailed to the Title VI Coordinator as soon as possible, but no later than 180 days from the alleged date of discrimination.

 All complaints alleging discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in a service or benefit provided by AGENCY will be directly addressed by AGENCY. AGENCY shall also provide appropriate assistance to complainants, including those persons with disabilities, or who are limited in their ability to communicate in English. Additionally, AGENCY shall make every effort to address all complaints in an expeditious and thorough manner.

 A letter of acknowledging receipt of complaint will be mailed within seven days (see Appendix D). Please note that in responding to any requests for additional information, a complainant's failure to provide the requested information may result in the administrative closure of the complaint.

AGENCY will send a final written response letter (see Appendix E or F) to the complainant. In the letter notifying complainant that the complaint is not substantiated (Appendix F), the complainant is also advised of his or her right to 1) appeal within seven calendar days of receipt of the final written decision from AGENCY, and/or 2) file a complaint externally with the U.S. Department of Transportation and/or the FTA.  Every effort will be made to respond to Title VI complaints within 60 working days of receipt of such complaints, if not sooner.

 Once sufficient information for investigating the complaint is received by AGENCYa written response will be drafted subject to review by the transit's attorney. If appropriate, AGENCY’S attorney may administratively close the complaint. In this case, AGENCY will notify the complainant of the action as soon as possible. 

In addition to the complaint process described above, a complainant may file a Title VI complaint with the following offices:

 Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights

Attention:  Title VI Program Coordinator

East Building, 5th Floor – TCR

1200 New Jersey Ave., SE  Washington, DC   20590