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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Human Rights is to enforce the County's worker protection laws and anti-discrimination laws in housing, commercial real estate, employment, public accommodations, and intimidation; the Office also promotes the increased understanding and tolerance among diverse groups.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the Office of Human Rights is $1,635,906, a decrease of $136,401 or 7.70 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $1,772,307. Personnel Costs comprise 89.70 percent of the budget for 11 full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 11.60 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 10.30 percent of the FY23 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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Program 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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Initiatives

  • Add $25,000 to the Partnership Fund in the FY23 Recommended budget to provide partial compensation for property damage to victims of racial, ethnic, religion, sexual orientation and disability based hate/violence. The Partnership Fund's goals are to demonstrate community support for the victims and ease the financial consequences of such violence.
  • Held the Fair Employment Summit in partnership with United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and County Aging Advocates for County private and public employers with a focus on Age Discrimination, local laws and State and Federal employment case law and understanding the new workplace in a COVID-19 environment

  • Planned and coordinated the Eighth 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 important as the Office continued to see an increase of reported incidents of hate and acts of violence.

  • Completion of a Credit Reinvestment Analysis (CRA) of county banks and lending institutions with a focus on encouraging investments in housing, economic development, and bank literacy in racial minority communities.

  • Planned and coordinated First Official Juneteenth Holiday County Celebration focus on acknowledging the end of slavery in the confederate states and ultimate abolition of slavery throughout the United States.

  • Held a Fair Housing Summit for housing providers, realtors, rental agents, and real estate professionals with a focus on local, State, and Federal fair housing laws and the historic discriminatory practices by government policies and practices that influence discriminatory behavior today.

Program Descriptions

  Compliance

This program investigates and resolves formal complaints of worker protection violations and 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 Against Hate Violence, Interagency Fair Housing Coordinating Group, and the Commission on Reconciliation and Remembrance in their outreach and education efforts; participates in or in partnership with other local, State, and Federal offices; and conducts various forums to promote...

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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 Jane Mukira of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2754 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Recommended
FY23
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages855626.001164726.00 883249.00 1162017.00-0.2
Employee Benefits226148.00302568.00 229050.00 305403.000.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs1081774.001467294.00 1112299.00 1467420.000.0
Operating Expenses137904.00305013.00 313474.00 168486.00-44.8
County General Fund Expenditures1219678.001772307.00 1425773.00 1635906.00-7.7
PERSONNEL
Full-Time9.0011.00 11.00 11.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs9.6011.60 11.60 11.600.0
REVENUES
EEOC Reimbursement0.0059200.00 59200.00 32000.00-46.0
County General Fund Revenues0.0059200.00 59200.00 32000.00-45.9
FY23 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION177230711.60
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Funding for Partnership Fund [Administration]250000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Lapsed Positions502070.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases208450.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment163300.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment28800.00
Increase Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment14870.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment14860.00
Decrease Cost: Biennial Hall of Fame Event [Administration]-25000.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY22-80000.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-901360.00
Decrease Cost: Education & Outreach Campaign {Bills 35-20 and 49-20} [Administration]-1540000.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED163590611.60
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 REC
Expenditures
FY23 REC
FTEs
Administration4882261.003078221.00
Community Mediation and Public Affairs484400.50502610.50
Compliance10405428.0010755508.00
Fair Housing1950992.102022732.10
Total177230711.60163590611.60
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Recommended1636.0000001636.0000001636.0000001636.0000001636.0000001636.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Biennial Hall of Fame Event0.0000003.0000000.0000003.0000000.0000000.000000
This Biennial event recognizes Montgomery County residents who have made personal sacrifices that positively impacted County human rights issues.
Labor Contracts0.00000050.00000050.00000050.00000050.00000050.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures1636.0000001689.0000001686.0000001689.0000001686.0000001686.000000