Language Assistance Plan

The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs (Alliance) is dedicated to fostering financial inclusion and community development. This plan focuses on providing equitable access to financial resources for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). Recognizing the diversity of languages spoken in the Alliance’s service area, this language assistance plan includes a specific emphasis on addressing the needs of various language-speaking communities. 


Acknowledging the diverse linguistic landscape of our community, the Alliance underscores the significance of linguistic accessibility for all residents. This plan emphasizes our commitment to serving all members of our community, regardless of language proficiency. The purpose of this Language Access Plan is to make reasonable efforts to eliminate or reduce limited English proficiency as a barrier to accessing the Alliance’s products, services, and programs. 

Language Assistance Policy 

The Alliance is dedicated to providing language assistance to ensure that individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) have equal access to financial services. This commitment aligns with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which emphasizes nondiscrimination in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. 

Alliance employees are committed to taking reasonable steps to ensure LEP individuals have meaningful access to all products, services, and programs offered by the Alliance. 

This policy is grounded in the principle that it is the Alliance’s responsibility, not the LEP individual’s, to take reasonable measures to ensure that communication is not hindered due to limited English proficiency. 

Alliance staff will also take reasonable steps to effectively inform the public about the availability of language-accessible programs and activities. 

Identification of Language Needs 

To identify language needs, the Alliance conducts regular surveys, community engagement events, and tracks language preferences of members. This proactive approach enables us to tailor our language assistance services to the unique needs of various language-speaking communities. 

Language Assistance Services 

All staff will receive training on the importance of providing meaningful information and services to LEP communities in an understandable way. This training will be included as part of the new employee orientation, with periodic refresher training provided at staff meetings. The Alliance will provide the following language assistance services, focusing on the diverse language needs of our community: 

  • Employ bilingual staff to assist LEP individuals directly. 
  • Offer translation services for written materials and important documents. 
  • Ensure access to professional interpreters for meetings and events. 
  • Provide multilingual resources and information on our website and in our communications. 

Implementation Plan 

Staff Responsibilities 

All staff members will be responsible for understanding and adhering to the Language Access Plan. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Language Access Coordinator: Oversee the implementation of the Language Access Plan, ensure compliance with policies, and provide support to staff regarding language assistance services. 
  • Bilingual Staff: Provide direct assistance to LEP individuals and support other staff in communication efforts. 
  • All Employees: Participate in initial and ongoing training related to language assistance services and understand the procedures for accessing translation and interpretation services. 

Community Outreach 

To ensure our language assistance services meet the needs of the community, the Alliance will engage in proactive outreach efforts, including: 

  • Community Events: Host regular events and information sessions in various languages to inform the community about available services and gather feedback. 
  • Partnerships: Collaborate with local organizations and community groups that serve LEP populations to enhance our reach and effectiveness. 
  • Multilingual Communications: Distribute flyers, brochures, and other informational materials in multiple languages to raise awareness about our services. 

Feedback Mechanism 

To continuously improve our language assistance services, the Alliance will implement a feedback mechanism: 

  • Surveys: Conduct regular surveys of LEP individuals to assess their satisfaction with the services provided and identify areas for improvement. 
  • Suggestion Box: Provide an online multilingual suggestion box for community members to submit their feedback and suggestions. 
  • Focus Groups: Organize focus groups with representatives from various language communities to discuss their needs and experiences with our services. 

Monitoring and Evaluation 

To ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the Language Access Plan, the Alliance will implement the following monitoring and evaluation measures: 

  • Conduct periodic audits of language assistance services to assess their usage, quality, and accessibility. 
  • Track key performance indicators, such as the number of LEP individuals served, the frequency of language service requests, and the response times for providing assistance. 
  • Include language assistance performance as a component of staff evaluations to ensure accountability and continuous improvement. 
  • Prepare an annual report summarizing the outcomes of the language assistance services, community feedback, and any adjustments made to the plan. This report will be shared with the community and stakeholders to maintain transparency and encourage ongoing dialogue. 

Compliance and Reporting 

To ensure adherence to the Language Access Plan and maintain accountability, the Alliance will establish the following compliance and reporting measures: 

  • Regularly review staff compliance with the Language Access Plan, including adherence to procedures for providing language assistance services and participation in required training sessions. 
  • Implement a system for reporting and addressing instances where language assistance services were not provided or were inadequate. Staff and community members can submit reports, which will be reviewed and addressed promptly. 
  • When non-compliance is identified, develop, and implement corrective actions to address gaps in service and prevent future occurrences. This may include additional training, process adjustments, or other necessary measures. 
  • Conduct an annual review of the Language Access Plan to assess its effectiveness and compliance. This review will include an analysis of service data, feedback from LEP individuals, and input from staff and community partners. 
  • Prepare an annual compliance report detailing the findings of the compliance review, including any corrective actions taken and improvements made. This report will be shared with the community, stakeholders, and relevant regulatory bodies to ensure transparency and accountability