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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Human Rights is to enforce Federal, State, and County anti-discrimination laws in housing, commercial real estate, employment, public accommodations and intimidation; and promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY20 Operating Budget for the Office of Human Rights is $1,288,037, an increase of $40,990 or 3.29 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $1,247,047. Personnel Costs comprise 88.89 percent of the budget for eight full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 8.60 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 11.11 percent of the FY20 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

Accomplishments

  • Held the One-Stop Fair Housing workshop for housing providers, realtors, rental agents, and real estate professionals with a focus on local, State, and Federal fair housing laws and the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, and 51st Anniversary of the Montgomery County Open Housing Law of 1967.
  • Held the One-Stop Fair Employment workshop for County private and public employers with a focus on new local laws and State and Federal employment case law.
  • Planned and coordinated the Sixth Annual Friendship Unity Picnic with the Committee on Hate Violence, advocating for community unity across racial, religious, and cultural lines; building awareness of the Partnership Fund, which supports victims of hate violence incidents. This event was very important as the Office continued to see an increase of reported incidents of hate and violence.

  • Successfully mediated and conciliated complaints in excess of $1.5 million. Other cases were investigated and closed consistent with performance measure requirements.

Program Descriptions

  Compliance

This program investigates and resolves formal complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, commercial and residential real estate transactions, public accommodations, and intimidations through a formal complaint process or mediation....

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  Community Mediation and Public Affairs

This program supports and promotes the Human Rights Commission and Committee on Hate Violence on their outreach and education efforts. Participate in, or in partnership with other local/State/Federal offices, conduct various forums to promote increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups....

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  Fair Housing

This program monitors the County's Fair Housing Ordinance through the Interagency Fair Housing Work Group in order to coordinate the activity of County departments, offices, and agencies to prevent housing discrimination and to perform testing of housing providers. The Office investigates and seeks to resolve housing discrimination complaints....

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  Administration

This program provides overall direction of the office, administration of the budget, personnel, procurement, automation, and support services. Also provided in this program is funding for human relations awards and programs....

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact James Stowe of the Office of Human Rights at 240.777.8490 or Phil Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY18
Budget
FY19
Estimate
FY19
Recommended
FY20
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages830572.00849218.00 863989.00 884276.004.1
Employee Benefits235189.00237192.00 237401.00 260685.009.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs1065761.001086410.00 1101390.00 1144961.005.4
Operating Expenses121274.00160637.00 135982.00 143076.00-10.9
County General Fund Expenditures1187035.001247047.00 1237372.00 1288037.003.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time8.008.00 8.00 8.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs8.608.60 8.60 8.600.0
REVENUES
EEOC Reimbursement121540.0055000.00 59200.00 59200.007.6
Miscellaneous Revenues99.000.00 829.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues121639.0055000.00 60029.00 59200.007.6
FY20 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION12470478.60
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment366870.00
Increase Cost: Restore One-Time Lapse Increase289500.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs201580.00
Increase Cost: Biennial Hall of Fame Event25000.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment17060.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment8710.00
Decrease Cost: Contract Services [Administration]-209320.00
Decrease Cost: Part-time Salaries [Administration]-289500.00
FY20 RECOMMENDED12880378.60
Program Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Expenditures
FY19 APPR
FTEs
FY20 REC
Expenditures
FY20 REC
FTEs
Compliance8866266.009060646.00
Community Mediation and Public Affairs434480.50463310.50
Fair Housing609571.10646741.10
Administration2560161.002709681.00
Total12470478.6012880378.60
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY20FY21FY22FY23FY24FY25
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Recommended1288.0000001288.0000001288.0000001288.0000001288.0000001288.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000008.0000008.0000008.0000008.0000008.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1288.0000001296.0000001296.0000001296.0000001296.0000001296.000000