Human Relations Commission 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
- Sponsors forums and banquets
- Works with community groups to address and resolve human relations issues
The Baltimore County Human Relations Commission meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in Room 118 of the Historic Courthouse Building, located at 400 Washington Avenue. All scheduled Commission meetings are open to the public. Persons attending Commission meetings should enter the Historic Courthouse Building through either of the public entrances located on the Chesapeake Avenue side of the building or the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the building.
- 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, 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.
The Baltimore County Human Relations Commission Award is given to an individual, a non-profit group, a religious organization, or business entity, which characterizes the mission, goals and interests of the Commission. The purpose of the awards, given in three categories, 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 following organizations and individuals are 2012 Human Relations Commission Award recipients:
Excellence in Service Award
- We Are Family Community Development Corporation
- Baltimore Jewish Council Maryland Clergy Initiative
- Initiative for Christian and Jewish Studies
- Domestic Violence (D.O.V.E.) Program at Northwest Hospital
Community Service Award
- Rehoboth International Outreach
- Eastern Interfaith Outreach
- Chizuk Amuno Congregation
- Cheryl Boston
- Grace Robinson
- Angela J. Scott, Esq.
- Patricia Stevenson
- Lillian E. Tomecek
The Baltimore County Human Relations Commission, the Community Housing Resource Board, the Baltimore County Public Schools and the Baltimore County Police Athletic League co-sponsored the 2012 Fair Housing Month Poster Contest. The posters were judged on their relevance to the Fair Housing theme, content, and originality.
The following winners of the 2012 Fair Housing Month poster contest were selected by the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission:
Revised April 23, 2014