What Title VI Does and Does Not Do
What Title VI Does
Title VI was enacted to ensure equal distribution of federal funds regardless of race, color, or national origin. Because of this, Title VI:
- Encourages the participation of minorities as members of planning or advisory bodies for programs receiving federal funds.
- Prohibits discriminatory activity in a facility built in whole or part with federal funds.
- Prohibits entities from denying an individual any service, financial aid, or other benefit because of race, color, or national origin.
- Prohibits entities from providing a different service or benefit or providing these in a different manner from those provided to others under the program.
- Prohibits entities from requiring different standards or conditions as prerequisites for serving individuals.
- Prohibits locating facilities in any way that would limit or impede access to a federally funded service or benefit.
- Prohibits segregation or separate treatment in any manner related to receiving program services or benefits.
- Requires assurance of nondiscrimination in purchasing of services.
- Requires entities to notify the respective population about applicable programs.
- Requires information and services to be provided in languages other than English when significant numbers of beneficiaries are of limited English speaking ability.