Human Relations Commission Activities and Resources
The Baltimore County Human Relations Commission (BCHRC) enforces the County's anti-discrimination law, Article 29 of the Baltimore County Code, 2003. BCHRC is responsible for a host of activities, holds public meetings and provides additional resources to citizens who believe they have been discriminated against.
In addition to investigating complaints of discrimination, the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission also:
- Administers the mediation program
- Conducts studies and surveys
- Co-sponsors human relations events
- Develops programs to promote harmony and understanding among all people
- Hosts training workshops
- Provides technical assistance
- Responds to hate and bias incidents
- Recognizes the work of individuals and organizations
- Sponsors forums and banquets
- Works with community groups to address and resolve human relations issues
A Baltimore County Human Relations Commission (BCHRC) Award is given to an individual, a not for profit group, a religious organization, or business entity which characterizes the mission, goals and interests of the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission. The purpose of the awards, given in more than one category, is to heighten public awareness of the need for continued attention and vigilance in the area of human relations, civil rights and human rights.
The Human Relations Award provides a method for giving recognition to living community members as well as other stakeholders who have demonstrated special effort in human relations. It also provides an opportunity for Baltimore County Human Relations Commissioners to provide community relations and outreach on behalf of the Commission to persons or groups that have promoted human and civil rights throughout the local community. It is the intent of the Commission that the awards serve as incentives to citizens and groups to think about, and become active participants in, civil rights, human rights or human relations initiatives throughout the year.
Nominations for the award are made by currently serving Baltimore County Human Relations Commissioners on a required nomination form completed and signed by the Commissioner.
For additional information about the nomination process, call the Commission Office at 410-887-5917 or one of the current Commissioners, seven of whom are appointees of each County Councilperson and represent a specific council district. Eight other Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve as countywide At-Large Members.
- Commission on Disabilities – Baltimore County believes that a Commission on Disabilities is necessary to advise on the coordination and development of the County's policies for citizens with disabilities.
- Commission for Women – The Commission for Women identifies and advocates for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of the women of Baltimore County.
- Human Resources – The Baltimore County Office of Human Resources is responsible for recruitment and employment, merit system testing, classification, salary administration, records management and employee training.
- Livability Code Enforcement – The Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections enforces Baltimore County zoning regulations, the livability code, the investment property act, the Maryland Accessibility Code and weed control.
- Neighborhood Improvement – The Department of Planning, Division of Neighborhood Improvement preserves, stabilizes and enhances the human, physical and economic condition of urban communities through cooperative public-private programs, which address specific neighborhood concerns and foster local self-reliance.