In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual identity, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
Rural Development – Grand Rapids Area Office
260 Eagle Park Dr., Suite 107 – Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Voice (616) 942-4111 ext 6. – Fax (855) 729-8874 – TTY (517) 324-5200.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Also, recipients are required to notify applicants with disabilities and limited English proficiency of their right to accommodations and free language assistant upon request.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Department Regulation (DR) 4300-003 Equal Opportunity Public Notification Policy establishes policy for ensuring positive, continuing notification of USDA’s equal opportunity policy to USDA employees and the public. The Department Regulation DR 4300-003 can be viewed at (http://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/departmental-regulation-4300-003 ).