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Limited English Proficiency Four Prong Analysis and Language Assistance Plan

Limited English Proficiency Four Prong Analysis and Language Assistance Plan

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Published by Morris County NJ
It is the policy of the County of Morris Division of Community Development to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to its programs and activities for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). LEP individuals are those who do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.

Executive Order 13177 “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency” directs Federal agencies to examine the services it provides and develop and implement a system by which LEP persons can access those services.

In order to comply with Executive Order 13177, the County is conducting a Four Prong Analysis to assess Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and develop a Language Assistance Plan (LAP).
It is the policy of the County of Morris Division of Community Development to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to its programs and activities for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). LEP individuals are those who do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.

Executive Order 13177 “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency” directs Federal agencies to examine the services it provides and develop and implement a system by which LEP persons can access those services.

In order to comply with Executive Order 13177, the County is conducting a Four Prong Analysis to assess Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and develop a Language Assistance Plan (LAP).

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Published by: Morris County NJ on May 28, 2013
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Limited English Proficiency Four Prong Analysis AndLanguage Assistance Plan
County of Morris Division of Community DevelopmentJune 2013
 
Limited English Proficiency 
It is the policy of the County of Morris Division of Community Development to take reasonablesteps to provide meaningful access to its programs and activities for persons with LimitedEnglish Proficiency (LEP). LEP individuals are those who do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English.Executive Order 13177 “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited EnglishProficiency” directs Federal agencies to examine the services it provides and develop andimplement a system by which LEP persons can access those services.In order to comply with Executive Order 13177, the County is conducting a Four Prong Analysisto assess Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and develop a Language Assistance Plan (LAP).The analysis includes the following:1.The number or proportion of LEP persons eligible to be served or likely to beencountered by the office of Community Development.2.The frequency with which LEP individuals come into contact with the program.3.The nature and importance of the program, activity or service provided by the programto people’s lives.4.The resources available to the grantee/recipient and costs.1.The number or proportion of LEP persons eligible to be served or likely to be encountered by the office of Community Development.Using “QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau, the County of Morris Division of Community Develop concludes that the language, other than English, that is most likely to be encountered by the Division is
 Spanish
. Estimates for 2012 indicate that 29.2% of households in the County speak a language other than English in the home. Eighteen percent of persons in the county areHispanic or Latino; the second largest cohort is Asian persons, which comprise 8.7% of thecounty’s population. It is unknown what percentage of these groups is low/moderate income.2.The frequency with which LEP individuals come into contact with the program. As per the Senior Cost Estimator of the Rehab program, approximately one LEP individualcontacts this office a month.3.The nature and importance of the program, activity or service provided by the program topeople’s lives.The program LEP individuals are most likely to come into contact with is our HomeownerRehab program. This program is important as it contributes to the retention of affordablehousing inventory in the county.The second program LEP individuals are likely to come into contact with is our First TimeHomebuyer program. This program is important as it provides grants to first time homebuyerslooking to buy market rate housing in the county.4.The resources available to the grantee/recipient and costs.
 
The Division has worked to make its programs accessible to Spanish speaking individuals. Forthe Homeowner Rehab program, a Spanish version of the program’s brochure is available inhard copy and on the Division’s website. If an applicant with little English capability contactsthe Division, staff reach out to family or friends who can communicate on behalf of theapplicant.The Division partners with the Housing Partnership to administer the First Time Homebuyerprogram. The Partnership has Spanish speaking staff. In addition, the educational piece theDivision is required to provide, regarding lead based paint, is available in Spanish.

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