The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has launched an interpreter pilot program covering 175 languages to promote equal access to housing for limited- and non-English proficient (LEP/NEP) persons. According to MortgageOrb, HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity, John Trasvina, says:
Access to government should not be determined by how well a person speaks English. The HUD Language Line is another example of HUD’s efforts to ensure that persons with limited English proficiency have equal access to HUD programs and services.
In addition to the new language line, HUD has revamped its website to provide critical documents in 18 different languages for the benefit of LEP/NEP persons and their dependants. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 13166 guarantee limited- and non-English speakers access to federally-funded services at the same level as English speakers.
READ MORE: HUD Launches Telephone Service Pilot Covering 175 Languages, MortgageOrb (December 27, 2011).