Civil Rights Laws

The following Civil Rights laws, Executive Orders, and Section 3 Requirements are applicable to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and the Department of Housing and Community Development:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title I, Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended
Fair Housing Act, as amended
The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
The American With Disabilities Act
Executive Order 11246
Executive Order 11625
Executive Order 12138
Executive Order 11063
Section 3 of the HUD Act of 1968

(a) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI):

Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.

(b) Title I, Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (Section 109):

Section 109 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or sex in programs and activities receiving financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Program.


(c) Fair Housing Act, as ammended:

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (families with children) or disability in the sale, rental and financing of dwellings.   It also contains accessibility requirements for multi-family buildings with four or more units that are first ready for occupancy after March 13, 1991.

(d) Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended:

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.


(e) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended:
Section 504 prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

(f) Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990:

The ADA prohibits discrimination against and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.   

(g) Executive Order 11246:

EO 11246 bars discrimination in federal employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin and requires Government contracting agencies to include provisions in contracts stating that contractors will take affirmative action to ensure that employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Such action will include, but not be limited to, employment, upgrading, demotion, transfer, recruitment, advertising, layoff or termination, rates or pay, or other forms of compensation and selection for training, including apprenticeship programs. Each contractor must agree to post in conspicuous places, available to employees and applicants for employment, notices setting forth the provisions of this non-discrimination clause.


(h) Executive Order 11625:

EO 11625 prescribes arrangements for developing or coordinating a National Program for Minority Business Enterprises. "Minority Business Enterprise" means a business enterprise that is owned or controlled by one or more socially or economically disadvantaged persons. Such persons include, but are not limited to, African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Spanish-Speaking Americans, American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, Hasidic Jews, Asian Pacific Americans, and Asian Indians.

(I) Executive Order 12138:

EO 12138 creates a national Women's Business Enterprise policy and prescribes arrangements for developing, coordinating and implementing a national program for women's business enterprises.

(j) Executive Order11063:

EO 11063 prohibits discrimination in the sale, leasing, rental or other disposition of properties and facilities owned and operated by the federal government or provided with federal funds.

(k) Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968:

Section 3 promotes local economic development, neighborhood economic development, and individual self-sufficiency.   It requires that recipients of certain HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low or very low-income residents in connection with projects and activities in their neighborhoods.