Title VI and Nondiscrimination Notice of Rights of Beneficiaries

NMCOG and the NMMPO upholds and fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and related federal and state statutes and regulations. Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally assisted programs and requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Rights and Protections to Beneficiaries 

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NMCOG and the NMMPO assures compliance with Title VI and related federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination based on sex (Section 162 (a) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 (23 USC 324), age (Age Discrimination Act of 1975) , and/or disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990).  Individuals who feel they have been discriminated against in violation of Title VI must file a complaint within 180 days with the NMCOG and NMMPO Title VI Nondiscrimination Specialist.

Massachusetts law also prohibits discrimination based on race, color and/or national origin. NMCOG upholds the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law, M.G.L. c 272 §§92a, 98, 98a, and the Governor’s Executive Order 526, section 4 which provide that access to programs, services and benefits be provided without regard to religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status and/or ancestry, along with the bases previously referenced.

NMCOG and the NMMPO hold meetings in locations accessible to people with disabilities and provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request, as available. NMCOG and the NMMPO also provide reasonable accommodation or language assistance, including alternative formats such as Braille and large print.

For further information or to file a complaint under Title VI or another nondiscrimination provision, please contact:

Mr. Chris Curry, NMCOG Title VI Specialist
 Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
 40 Church St., Suite 200
 Lowell, MA 01852
 978-454-8021
ccurry@nmcog.org

Environmental Justice

The NMMPO is equally committed to implementing federal Executive Order 12898, entitled “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.” In this capacity, the NMMPO identifies and addresses disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations. The NMMPO carries out this responsibility by involving minority and low income individuals in the transportation process and considering their transportation needs in the development and review of the NMMPO’s transportation plans, programs and projects.

For more information, visit MassDOT’s Title VI Program website. Translation of this document is provided at no cost upon request.