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Welcome to Jasper, Texas

Welcome To JasperJasper, Texas is known far and wide as the "Jewel of the Forest". Mild winters, low cost of living, high quality of life, and abundant natural beauty make Jasper a great place to put down roots. Located in deep East Texas amid beautiful majestic pines and two beautiful lakes, Jasper is a caring community. With a population of approximately 8500 people, Jasper is the county seat of Jasper County. Jasper boasts southern charm and a small town atmosphere while offering many modern amenities.
Residents here enjoy a rich heritage and an outstanding quality of life. Newcomers will find a friendly, charming community with a progressive outlook on the future. Jasper residents have always known what a great place Jasper is to live, work, play, and raise a family. We invite others to come experience life at its best.
All year round, Jasper has something happening. Jasper will captivate your mind and your heart. You'll find many reasons to come back to Jasper... for a weekend or a lifetime.
Public Notice Fair Housing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:56

Fair Housing Complaints will be heard by Judge Joe Bob Golden at our mediation center in Jasper, TX.

Public Notice: Fair Housing Activity Statement PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 15:55

Public Hearing Notice: The City Of Jasper Fair Housing Activity Statement - Texas (FHAST) Work Group Committee will be holding a public hearing to allow the public to comment on the amended statement on February 18, 2014 at 5:45pm in the Jasper City Hall, 465 South Main St, Jasper, Texas 75951.

Booklet - FAIR HOUSING Equal Opportunity for All PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 April 2013 15:00

America, in every way, represents equality of opportunity for all persons. The rich diversity of its citizens and the spirit of unity that binds us all symbolize the principles of freedom and justice upon which this nation was founded. That is why it is extremely disturbing when new immigrants, minorities, families with children, and persons with disabilities are denied the housing of their choice because of illegal discrimination. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination and the intimidation of people in their homes, apartment buildings, and condominium developments – in nearly all housing transactions, including the rental and sale of housing and the provision of mortgage loans. Equal access to rental housing and homeownership opportunities is the cornerstone of this nation’s federal housing policy. Housing providers who refuse to rent or sell homes to people based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability are violating federal law, and HUD will vigorously pursue enforcement actions against them. Housing discrimination is not only illegal, it contradicts in every way the principles of freedom and opportunity we treasure as Americans. HUD is committed to ensuring that everyone is treated equally when searching for a place to call home

Download the PDF version here.

Booklet - Are You a Victim of Housing Discrimination PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 April 2013 14:08

Are You a Victim of Housing Discrimination? Fair Housing is Your Right!  If you have been denied your housing rights...you may have experienced unlawful discrimination.   How Do You Recognize Housing Discrimination? Under the Fair Housing Act, it is Against the Law to: Refuse to rent to you or sell you housing. Tell you housing is unavailable when in fact it is available. Show you apartments or homes only in certain neighborhoods. Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling. Provide different housing services or facilities. Advertise housing to preferred groups of people onlyRefuse to provide you with information regarding mortgage loans, deny you a mortgage loan, or impose different terms or conditions on a mortgage loan.Deny you property insurance. Conduct property appraisals in a discriminatory manner. Refuse to make reasonable accomodations for persons with a disability if the accommodation may be necessary to afford suchperson a reasonable and equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.Fail to design and construct housing in an accessible manner. Harass, coerce, intimidate, or interfere with anyone exercising or assisting someone else with his/her fair housing rights.              Contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.                                                        To file a form electronically, visit: www.hud.gov.                                                                                                          Booklet and Forms are also located at Jasper City Hall located at 465 South Main Street, Jasper TX 75951.        

Flyer - Equal Housing Opportunity PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:41

U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development


















We Do Business in Accordance With the Federal Fair Housing Law

(The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988)






It is illegal to Discriminate Against Any Person Because of Race, Color, Religion, Sex Handicap, Familial Status, or National Origin







In the sale or rental of housing  or residential lots


In the provision of real estate brokerage services





In advertising the sale or rental of housing


In the appraisal of housing


In the financing of housing



Blockbusting is also illegal



Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against may file a complaint of housing discrimination:

1-800-669-9777  (Toll Free)

1-800-927-9275  (TTY)

U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Washington, D.C. 20410






                                                                form HUD-928.l  (2/2003)

Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:26





Section 3 Plan


Section  3 Purpose


Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12  U.S.C.  170Iu),  as amended, requires  that  the  City  of  Jasper,  Texas,  ensure     that      training,      employment       and      other economic    opportunities    generated    by   certain    HUD   financial   assistance    for   housing   and community   development   programs  shall,  to  the  greatest  extent  feasible.  be  given  to  low-  and very  low-  income   persons,   particularly   those  who  are  recipients   of  governmental    assistance for  housing,  andtobusinesses  thatprovide  economic  opportunities  forthesepersons.


City  of Jasper,Texas  Responsibilities


The  City  will  ensure  that  the  contractors   and subcontractors   performing   work  on  Section  3 funded   activities   are  in  compliance   with  the  Section 3 requirements   as  well  as  meeting  or exceeding  the numerical  goals as outlined  in the HUD Act.


To   fulfill    this   responsibility    the   City   has   appointed    a   Section    3   Coordinator     whose responsibilities   are  compliance   and  monitoring   of  all  Section  3  activities   tor  CDBG   Disaster Recovery  Program  fundedprojects.


The initial  steps that must  be taken  by the Coordinator  to ensure that the City and  its contractors meet or exceed  the designated  numerical  goals will be to complete the following  requirements:

•   Coordinate  and/or conduct outreach  opportunities  to Section 3 businesses

•   Conduct  training  for Department  staffmembers  semi-annually

•   Notify  contractors  of Section3 responsibilities

•  Certify  Section  3 businesses-  contractor  responsibility

•   Certify Section  3 residents-  contractor  responsibility

•   Document  Section 3 compliance  actions

•     Participate   in the  pre-bid,  pre-construction.   bid opening  and or construction   meetings to ensure that Section 3 business concerns  are addressed

•   Ensure that the Section 3 clause is noted in all contracts  with required  goals"

•   Prepare,create and/or submit  required  Section  3 Reports to the GLO


Further discussion   of  the  list  requirements   are  detailed throughout   the  Plan.  The  minimum numeric  goals are:

•  Thirty  percent  (30%)  of total number  of new hires as Section 3 Residents  (i.e. l out of 3

new hires);

•  Ten  percent  (10%) of all awarded  construction   contracts,  awards to Section 3 Business


•   Three   percent   (3%)   of  all   awarded   non-construction    contracts.    awards   to   Section

Business  Concerns.


*All  Section  3 covered  bidders  will  be required  to  meet Section 3 requirements   in order  to have a compliant  bid.





Types of economic  opportunities  available  under Section  3:

•  Jobs and employment  opportunities

•  Training and educational  opportunities

•  Contracts  and business  opportunities


Section  3 Residents


Types  of  recipients   receiving   economic   opportunities   under  Section   3that  should  be

given priority in hiring  for training  and employment  are those who are:



•  Persons in public assisted  housing  including  persons with disabilities

•  Persons in the affected  project  neighborhood

•  Participants  in HUD Youth-build   programs

•            Where   the    Section    3   project    is   assisted    under    the    Stewart    B.   McKinney Homeless  Assistance   Act  (42  U.S.C.    11301et seq.), homeless   persons  residing  in the service  area or neighborhood   in which the Section  3 covered  project is located.


A resident  seeking  Section  3 preference  shall submit  a Section  3 Resident  Certification  Form to the  Section  3 Coordinator   or  the  contractor   or  subcontractor   to   verify  and  approve  the certification,


According  to  HUD,  a  Self-Certification    is an acceptable   means  for  establishing   eligibility as    a   Section   3   Resident.        However,    recipients    may   utilize    acceptable    supporting documentation  with  the Section  3 Resident  Certification  Form to include:

•  Proof of residency  in a public  housing development

•  Evidence of participation   in a HUD Youth build program  operated  in the metropolitan

(or non-metropolitan   county)  where the Section 3 covered  assistance  is spent

•  Copy of Section  8 voucher  certificate  or voucher

•     Evidence  of  eligibility   or  participation   in a federally-assisted    program  for  low-and very-low-income persons

•     Evidence  that  the  individual  resides  in the  Section  3 area  and  is a low or very-low income person,  as defined  in Section  3 (b) (2) of the U.S.Housing  Act of 1937


Section  3 Business  Concern


All   Section     3  covered      contractors        shall    provide     information        to  the   City   to determine   if  a   business   qualifies    for  Section   3 designation    by  performing   a Section  3

Business  Concern  Certification.


A Section  3 Business  Concern  is one that is:

•  Ownership  of fifty one percent  (5I%)  o rmore bySection  3 Residents;  or

•  Employs at least thirty  percent  (30%)  of employees  who qualify  as Section  3

Residents  (or within 3 years   of  the  date  of  first   employment    with   the   business concern   were   Section   3 Residents);  or

•    Commits to subcontract   in excess  of twenty five percent  (25%)   of the dollar  award of all subcontracts  to be awarded  to business  concerns  that meet one of the first two qualifications    above.





The City  will  include  the "Contractor  Certification   of Section  3 Compliance   Notice",   in all bid packets.   Additionally,  the City will incorporate  the Section 3 Clause  into all solicitations and any contracts  or subcontracts  in excess of $100,000  (24CFR Part 135.38)


Preference  for Section 3 Business Concerns:


Preference  shall be awarded to Section 3 Business  Concerns  according to the following system:


•            Where  the Section  3 Covered  Contract  is to be awarded  based  upon the  lowest  price, the contract  shall  be awarded  to the  qualified   Section  3  Business  Concern  with  the lowest  bid.   The award shall  be made  to the source  with the lowest  bid,but Section  3 goals shall be required for all bidders.


Contractor  Requirements


In  responding  to Bids all contractors  and subcontractors   are required to comply  with the City of Jasper,  Texas  Section  3 Plan.   The contractor  and the City will review  the Section  3 Plan procedures  and applicable  forms that the contractor  wil luse to report progress  toward  Section

3 goals.


Direct employment   of qualified candidates


All general  contractors  and/orsub-contractors  shall  ensure that thirty percent  (30%)  of new hires will be Section  3 residents.  During the development  of the  contract,  the contractor  will negotiate  with  the  City  for the  number  of  Section  3-qualified  candidates  to  be employed. The  contract   will  obligate   the  contractor   to  achieve   no  less  than  the   numerical   goal established  during  the  negotiation.    Additionally,   the contractor  and/or  sub-contractor   will provide    employed    Section    3   residents    with   applicable    training   and/or    educational opportunities.


Guidelines for Direct Employment



•  Contractors  should  provide job  opportunities  for skilled and unskilled  workers.

•     Contractors  should   maintain   employment   for   candidates    throughout  the duration of a project  (candidates    will   be   employees    of   the   contractor   or   subcontractor, not the City.)

•                               AII contracts  using  PHA  resident  workers   and  low-and very  low-income  persons who  live in the County  where  a HUD assisted  project  is located  under  Section  3 are subject   to  the  Davis-Bacon    Act  Wage  Rate  and  the  current   HUD    Form   52158, Maintenance  Wage  Rate Determination.

•     All  Contractors  and  Subcontractors   will be required  to  post  all new  hire opportunities with   the   local   Workforce   Solutions    Center.   WorkinTexas.com,    and   the   City'S Section 3 Coordinator.




Compliance   and  Monitoring   of Section  3


The  Section   3  Coordinator   will  analyze   and  evaluate   the  contractor's    compliance   with requirements   and obligations   set  forth  in the  contract.  In the event that  a review  reveals  a contractor  has not complied  with  Section  3 requirements,  the City will  undertake  efforts  to help the contractor  achieve  compliance.


In the event the contractor  encounters  a problem  with a Section 3 employee  (employee  walks off job  or quits;  termination;  job  performance;   attendance;   tardiness;  drug  or alcohol  use), the    contractor    should    fully  document    the    situation    and  immediately     provide    the documentation  to the City Section  3 Coordinator.


Ongoing   failure  or  refusal  to  comply  with  the  Section  3Plan  and  contract  may  result  in payment   being  withheld   by the  City  until  compliance   is  achieved   or  termination   of  the contract.   Debarment   or  suspension   of  the  contractor   or  limited   denial   of  participation pursuant  to 24 CFR Part135 may result, when  applicable.





The  contractor  and  OR  sub-contractor   shall  submit  monthly  reports  regarding   the  status  of each  Section  3 participant.   An  annual  report  will  also  be  requested   from  each  contractor andlor  subcontractor   in connection  to the performance  of each  project.  This  Annual  Report will  document   the  efforts and  success   of  all  Section  3  participants   and  subcontractors working  under  the general  contractor,  in reaching  the percentage  goals  for employment   and business  opportunities  established  in these  polices.




The  contractor   and/or   subcontractor    shall  submit  weekly-certified    payroll   reports  to  the

Section  3Coordinator.   This  report  shall  be submitted  weekly  and  clearly  identify  Section  3



Failure   to Meet  Required   Goals


The  contractor   will  be given  30 days  to  achieve  compliance  otherwise   thereafter   payment from the City will stop.The contract  may be terminated  after 60 days.


Training  and/or outreach   efforts


The City will conduct  the following trainings:


•  Conduct  training  for  Department  staffmembers   semi-annually.

•     Conduct  training   tor  contractors  atpre-bid  conferences  andpre-construction meeting.

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Reporting   Requirements


The City  will  document  actions  taken to  comply  with  the  employment, training,  and contracting                   requirements  of  Section   3,  the  results  of  actions taken.  and  impediments encountered. Records will include job vacancies, solicitation of bids or proposals, selection materials and contracting documents (including scope of work and contract amount), in accordance  with Federal and State procurement laws and regulations.


The City will submit to the GLO:


•  Section 3 Monthly Progress Report

•  Section 3 Annual Summary  Report


Contractors will submit to the City:


•  New  Hire Section 3 Monthly  Compliance Report

•  Training and Educational  Documentation


Filing  Complaints


Complaints regarding the  City'S Section 3  Program must  be  submitted in writing to the Section  3  Coordinator.  All  complaints must   include the   complainant's  name,  address, telephone  number,  and  a brief narrative  detailing  the complaint.  including  but not  limited to, the date of the alleged  violation  and the date the alleged violation  was discovered.  Complaints shall  be filed  within  30 calendar  days  after  the  complainant   becomes  aware  of any  alleged violation.


The Section  3 Coordinator  will investigate  every complaint.  All parties  involved  will have the opportunity   to  submit  testimony  and/or  evidence   as  may  be  available   and  relevant  to  the complaint.  The  Section  3 Coordinator  will  issue a written  determination   within  30 days after the filing of the complaint.


Filing  a  complaint   does  not  terminate   a  contractor's    Section  3  requirements.   Contractors remain accountable   for fulfilling the agreed  upon Section  3 requirements.


All complaints  should  be submitted  to:

The applicant  Section  3 Coordinator


Office hours are between 8:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. except on posted holidays.












Mike Lout, City Representative


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