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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.
2014 Summer Reading Program PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:52

The local Jasper Public Library will begin their Summer Reading Program on June 10th 2014. All programs will be held next door to the Library in the Jasper Fire Hall. Fizz Boom Read will be held on Tuesdays, June 10th, June 17th , June 24th and July 1st from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Jasper Public Library has joined with the Summer Meal Program to provide lunch after each program.

Come join the Library, Pine Country Gem & Mineral Society, Master Gardeners, and Puppet Wise in the fun with rocks, terrariums, puppets and more! Bring a friend along.

 
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.

Read more...
 
2012 Water Quality Report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 May 2013 13:26

Now available for download here.

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

THE  FAIR   HOUSING  ACT

 

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of:                              Race or color. National Origin. Religion. Sex. Familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians; pregnant women and people securing custody of children under18). Disability.

 

 

WHAT HOUSING IS COVERED?

 

The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. Insome circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented with out the use of a broker and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

 

 

WHATISPROHIBITED?

 

In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race,color,religion,sex,disability, familialstatus, ornationalorigin:

 

Refuse to rent or sell housing. Refuse to negotiate for housing. Make housing unavailable Other wise deny a dwelling.

Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling.

Provide different housing services or facilities.

Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection,sale or rental.

For profit, persuade,  or try to persuade  homeowners   to sell or rent dwellings   by suggesting   that  people  of a particular   race, etc.have moved,  or are about  to move  into the neighborhood (blockbusting)   or

Deny   any   person   access   to,  membership  or  participation

in, any organization, facility or service (such as a multiple listing service)related to the sale or rental of dwellings,or discriminate against any person in the terms or conditions of such access,membership or participation.

 

In MortgageLending: No one may take any of the following actions based on race,color,religion,sex,disability, familialstatus,or nationalorigin:

 

Refuse to make a mortgage loan

Refuse to provide information regarding loans

Impose different  terms  or  conditions  on  a  loan,  suchas different interestrates,points,or fees

Discriminatein appraising property

Refuse to purchase a loan or

Set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan. Inaddition, it is a violation of the Fair Housing Act to: Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with any one exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise the right Make, print, or publish any statement, in connection witht he sale  or  rental of a dwelling, which indicates a preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, refigion, sex,  disability, familial status, or national origin.This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is other wise exempt from the Fair Housing Act

Refuse to  provide  homeowners  insurance  coverage  for a dwelling because of the race,color,religion,sex,disability, familial status, ornational origin of the owner and/or occupants of a dwelling

Discriminate  in  the  terms  or  conditions  of  homeowners

insurance coverage because of the race,color, religion,sex, disabifity, familial status,or national origin of the owner and/or occupants of a dwelling.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refuse  to  provide  available   information   on  the  full  range  of homeowners   insurance   coverage   options  available   because oftherace,etc.oftheowner  and/or  occupants  ofadwelling Make  print  orpublish  any  statement,   inconnection   with  the provision  ofhomeowners   insurance   coverage,   that  indicates

apreference,  limitation  ordiscrimination   basedonrace,color, religion,  sex,disability,  familial  status  ornational  origin.

 

 

ADDITIONAL PROTECTION IFYou HAVE  A DISABILITY

 

If you or someone associated with you:

 

Have a physical or mental disability (in cluding hearing,mobility and visual impairments, cancer, chronic mental illness, HIV/AIDS, or mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life activities

Have a record of such a disabilityor

Are regarded as having such a disability, a housing provider may not

 

Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if it may be necessary for you to fully use the housing.(Where reasonable, a land lord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.)

Refuse to  make  reasonable  accommodations  inrules, policies, practices or services if it maybe necessary for you to use the housing on an equal basis with non disabled persons.

 

Example:  A building with a "no pets" policy must allow a visually impaired tenant to keep a guide dog.

 

Example:   An apartment complex that offers tenants ample,unassigned parking must honor a request from a mobility-impaired tenant for a reserved space near her apartment if it may be necessary to assure that she can have access to her apartment.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However,  theFairHousing  Actdoesnotprotect  aperson  who  isa directthreat  tothehealthorsafety  ofothers  orwho   currently  uses illegal  drugs.

 

AccessibilityRequirementsforNewMultifamily  Buildings:Inbuildings withfourormoreunitsthat werefirstoccupiedafter

March13,1991,and thathave an elevator:

 

Public andcommonuseareasmustbeaccessibletopersons withdisabilities

Alldoorsandhallwaysmustbewideenoughforwheelchairs

Allunitsmusthave:

Anaccessiblerouteintoand throughtheunit

AccessiblefightSWItches,electricaloutlets,thermostats andotherenvironmentalcontrols

Reinforcedbathroomwallstoallowlaterinstallationof grabbarsand

Kitchensandbathroomsthatcanbeusedbypeoplein wheelchairs.

 

Ifabuildingwithfourormoreunitshasno elevatorandwasfirst occupiedafterMarch13,1991, thesestandardsapplytoground floorunitsonly.

 

Theseaccessibilityrequirementsfornew multifamilybuildingsdo not replacemorestringentaccessibilitystandardsrequiredunder Stateorlocallaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSINGPROTECTIONFORFAMILIESWITHCHILDREN


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  Fair  Housing  Act  makes  itunlawful  todiscriminate   against  aperson whose  household   includes  oneormore  children  who  areunder  18years of  age  (familial   status).   Familial  status  protection   covers   households   in which  oneormore  minorchildren  livewith:

 

Aparent;

Aperson whohaslegalcustody(including guardianship) ofa minorchildorchildren;or

Thedesigneeofaparentorlegal custodian,withthewritten permission oftheparentorlegalcustodian.

 

Familialstatusprotectionalsoextendstopregnant womenand anypersonin theprocessofsecuringlegalcustodyofaminor child(includingadoptive orfosterparents).

 

The  "Housing  for  Older  Persons"  Exemption:  The  Fair  Housing Actspecificallyexemptssomeseniorhousingfacilities and communitiesfromliabilityforfamilialstatusdiscrimination.Exempt seniorhousingfacilitiesorcommunitiescanlawfullyrefuseto sellorrentdwellingstofamilieswithminorchildren.In orderto qualifyforthe"housingforolderpersons"exemption,afacilityor communitymustprovethatitshousingis:

 

Providedunder anyStateorFederalprogramthatHUDhas determined tobespecificallydesignedand operatedtoassist elderlypersons(asdefinedintheStateorFederalprogram); or

Intendedfor,and solelyoccupiedbypersons62 yearsofage orolder;or

Intendedandoperatedforoccupancybypersons55yearsof ageorolder.

 

Inordertoqualifyforthe"55orolder"housingexemption, afacilityorcommunitymustsatisfyeachof thefollowing requirements:

at  least  80  percent  of  the  units  musthave  at  least  one occupantwhois55yearsofageorolder;and


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thefacility  orcommunity   must  publish  andadhere  topolicies andprocedures  thatdemonstrate   theintenttooperate  as"55 orolder"  housing;  and

thefacility  orcommunity   must  comply  with  HUD's  regulatory requirements   forageverification   ofresidents.

 

The"housing  forolderpersons"  exemption   does  notprotect senior  housing  facilities  orcommunities   from  liability  forhousing discrimination   based  onrace,  color,  religion,  sex,disability,  01" nationalorigin.

 

HUDisreadytohelpwithanyproblemofhousingdiscrimination. Ifyouthinkyourrightshave beenviolated,youmayfilea complaintonline,writealetterortelephonetheHUDoffice nearestyou.Youhaveone yearafter thealleged discrimination occurredorendedtofileacomplaintwithHUD,butyoushould fileitassoon aspossible.

 

 

IFYouTHINK      YOUR     RIGHTSHAVEBEENVIOLATED

 

WhattoTellHUD:

 

Yournameand address

Thenameandaddressofthepersonyourcomplaintisagainst

(therespondent)

Theaddressorotheridentificationofthehousinginvolved

Ashortdescriptionoftheallegedviolation(theeventthat caused youtobelieveyourrightswereviolated)

Thedate(s)ofthealleged violation.

 

WheretoWriteorCall:Fileacomplaintonline,send alettertotheHUD officenearestyou,orifyouwish,youmaycalfthat officedirectly. Persons whoaredeaforhardofhearinganduseaTTY, maycallthoseoffices throughthetoll-freeFederalInformationRelayServiceat1-800-877-8339.

 

 

ForConnecticut,Maine, Massachusetts,NewHampshire,RhodeIsland andVermont:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOSTON  REGIONAL   OFFICE

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U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

ThomasP.O'NeillJr.FederalBuilding

10CausewayStreet,Room321

Boston,MA02222-1092

Telephone(617)994-8300or1-800-827-5005

Fax(617)565-7313*TTY(617)565-5453

 

ForNew Jersey,NewYork,PuertoRico andtheU.S.VirginIslands:

NEWYORKREGIONALOFFICE

(Complaints_office_02@hud.gov)

U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

26FederalPlaza,Room3532

NewYork,NY10278-0068

Telephone(212)542-7519  or1-800-496-4294

Fax(212)264-9829   *TTY(212)264-0927

 

ForDelaware,DistrictofColumbia,Maryland,Pennsylvania,Virginiaand

WestVirginia:

PHILADELPHIAREGIONALOFFICE

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U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrban Development

TheWanamakerBuilding

100PennSquareEast

Philadelphia,PA19107-9344

Telephone(215)861-7646or1-888-799-2085

Fax (215)656-3449*TTY(215)656-3450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ForAlabama,  Florida,  Georgia,Kentucky,Mississippi,North  Carolina, SouthCarolina,andTennessee:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTA  REGIONAL   OFFICE

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U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

FivePointsPlaza

40MariettaStreet,16thFloor

Atlanta,GA30303-2808

Telephone(404)331-5140or1-800-440-8091x2493

Fax(404)331-1021*TTY(404)730-2654

 

ForIllinois,Indiana,Michigan,Minnesota,OhioandWisconsin: CHICAGOREGIONALOFFICE This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )'; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text65038 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

RalphH.MetcalfeFederalBuilding

77Westjackson  Boulevard,Room2101

Chicago,IL60604-3507

Telephone1-800-765-9372

Fax(312)886-2837*TTY(312)353-7143

 

ForArkansas,Louisiana,NewMexico,OklahomaandTexas: FORTWORTHREGIONALOFFICE ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

801 CherryStreet

Suite2500,Unit#45

FortWorth,TX76102-6803

Telephone(817)978-5900or1-888-560-8913

Fax (817)978-5876/5851    *TTY(817)978-5595

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ForIowa, Kansas,MissouriandNebraska:

KANSASCITYREGIONALOFFICE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

GatewayTower"

400StateAvenue,Room200,4thFloor

KansasCity,KS66101-2406

Telephone(913)551-6958  or1-800-743-5323

Fax(913)551-6856   *TTY(913)551-6972

 

ForColorado,Montana,NorthDakota,SouthDakota,UtahandWyoming:

DENVERREGIONALOFFICE

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U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrban Development

1670Broadway

Denver,CO80202-4801

Telephone(303)672-5437Dr1-800-877-7353

Fax (303)672-5026*TTY(303)672-5248

 

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U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

600HarrisonStreet,ThirdFloor

SanFrancisco,CA94107-1387

Telephone1-800-347-3739

Fax (415)489-6558*TTY(415)489-6564

 

ForAlaska,Idaho,OregonandWashington: SEATTLEREGIONALOFFICE (Complaints_office_10@hud.gov)

U.S.DepartmentofHousingandUrbanDevelopment

SeattleFederalOfficeBuilding

909FirstAvenue,Room205

Seattle,WA98104-1000

Telephone(206)220-5170or1-800-877-0246

Fax (206)220-5447*TTY(206)220-5185


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ifafter  contacting   the  local  office  nearest  you,  you  stillhave  questions   - you  maycontact  HUDfurther  at

 

U.S.  Department   ofHousing  andUrban  Development

Office  ofFairHousing  andEqual  Opportunity

451  7thStreet,  S.w.,  Room  5204

Washington,   DC20410-2000

Telephone   1-800-669-9777

Fax(202)  708-1425  *TIY   1-800-927-9275www.hud.gov/fairhousing

 

IfYouAreDisabled:  HUDalsoprovides:

 

ATTY  phone forthedeaf/hardofhearingusers(seeabove listforthenearestHUDoffice)

Interpreters,TapesandBraillematerials

Assistanceinreadingandcompletingforms

 

 

WHATHAPPENSWHENYou   FILEA  COMPLAINT?

 

HUDwill  notify  youinwriting  when  your  complaint  isaccepted  for filing  under  theFairHousing  Act.HUDalsowill:

 

Notify  thealleqed   violator(respondent)ofthefilingofyour complaint,andallow therespondentt.imetosubmitawritten anSW61-tothecomplaint.

Investigate  yourcomplaint,anddeterminewhether  ornot there  isreasonablecauseto  believethatthe  respondent violatedtheFairHousingAct.

Notify  youand therespondentifHUD  cannotcompleteits investigationwithin  i00  daysoffiling  yourcomplaint,  and providereason forthedelay.

 

FairHousing   ActConciliation:      During  thecomplaint   investigation,   HUD isrequired  toofferyouandtherespondent   theopportunity   to voluntarily   resolve  yourcomplaint  with  aConciliation  Agreement.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AConciliation   Agreement    provides   individual   relief  to  you,  and protects  the  public  interest  bydeterring   future  discrimination    by therespondent.   Once  youandtherespondent   signaConciliation Agreement,   and  HUD  approves   theAgreement,   HUD  will  cease investigating   your  complaint.   Ifyou  believe  that  the  respondent has  violated   breached   your  Conciliation   Agreement,   you  should promptly  notifytheHUDOfficethatinvestigated   yourcomplaint.   If HUDdetermines   thatthere  isreasonable   cause  tobelieve  thatthe respondent    violated    the  Agreement,     HUD   will   ask   the   U.S. Department   ofJustice  tofilesuitagainst  therespondent   inFederal District  Court  toenforce  theterms  oftheAgreement.

 

ComplaintReferralstoStateorLocal PublicFairHousingAgencies:

IfHUDhas certifiedthatyourStateorlocalpublicfairhousing agencyenforcesacivilrightslaworordinancethatprovidesrights, remediesandprotectionsthatare"substantiallyequivalent"to theFairHousingAct,HUDmustpromptlyreferyourcomplaintto thatagencyforinvestigation,andmustpromptlynotifyyouofthe referral.TheStateorlocalagencywillinvestigateyourcomplaint underthe"substantiallyequivalent"Stateorlocalcivilrightslaw orordinance.TheStateorlocalpublicfairhousing agencymust startinvestigatingyourcomplaintwithin30daysofHUD'sreferral, orHUDmayretrieve("reactivate")thecomplaintforinvestigation undertheFairHousingAct.

 

 

WHATHAPPENSIF  I'M  GOINGTOLOSEMyHOUSING THROUGHEVICTIONORSALE?

 

If youneedimmediatehelptostoporpreventasevereproblem causedbyaFairHousingActviolation, HUDmaybeabletoassist youassoonasyoufileacomplaint.HUDmayauthorizetheU.S. DepartmentofJusticetofileaMotioninFederalDistrictCourt foraTemporaryRestrainingOrder(TRO)againsttherespondent, followedbyaPreliminaryInjunctionpendingtheoutcomeofHUD's investigation.AFederalJudgemaygrantaTROoraPreliminary Injunctionagainstarespondentincaseswhere:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irreparable   (irreversible.)   harm  or  injury  to  housing   rights  is likelytooccur  without  HUD's  intervention;   and

There  issubstantial  evidence  thattherespondent  hasviolated theFairHousing  Act.

 

Example:Anowneragrees tosell ahouse,but,after discoveringthat the buyersareblack,pullsthehouseoff themarket,thenpromptly listsitforsaleagain.Thebuyers fileadiscriminationcomplaint withHUD.HUDmayauthorizetheU.S. DepartmentofJusticeto seekaninjunctioninFederalDistrict Courttopreventtheowner fromsellingthehouse toanyoneelseuntilHUDinvestigatesthe complaint.

 

 

WHATHAPPENSAFTERACOMPLAINTINVESTIGATION?

 

DeterminationofReasonableCause,ChargeofDiscrimination, and Election:Whenyourcomplaintinvestigationiscomplete,HUD willprepareaFinalInvestigativeReportsummarizingtheevidence gatheredduringtheinvestigation.IfHUDdeterminesthatthereis reasonablecausetobelieve thattherespondent(s)discriminated against  you,  HUD  will  issue  a  Determination  of  Reasonable Cause andaChargeofDiscriminationagainst therespondent(s). Youandtherespondent(s)have twenty(20)daysafterreceiving noticeoftheChargetodecidewhethertohaveyourcaseheard byaHUDAdministrativeLawJudge(AU)  ortohaveaciviltrialin FederalDistrictCourt,

 

HUD AdministrativeLawJudgeHearing:Ifneitheryounorthe respondentelectstohaveaFederal civiltrialbeforethe20-day ElectionPeriod expires,HUDwillpromptlyscheduleaHearingfor yourcasebeforeaHUDAU.  TheALJHearingwillbe conducted inthelocalitywherethediscriminationallegedlyoccurred.During theAU   Hearing,youandtherespondent(s)havetherightto appearinperson,toberepresentedbylegal counsel,topresent evidence, tocross-examinewitnessesand torequestsubpoenas in aidofdiscoveryofevidence.HUDattorneys willrepresentyou duringtheAU  Hearingatnocosttoyou;however,youmayalso


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

choose  tointervene   inthecase  and  retain  your  own  attorney.  At theconclusion   ofthe  Hearing,  the  HUDALJwill  issue  aDecision based  onfindings  offact  andconclusions   oflaw.Ifthe  HUDAU concludes   that  the  respondent(s)    violated   the  Fair  Housing  Act, therespondent(s)   canbeordered  to:

 

Compensate   youforactual  damages,   including  out-of-pocket expenses  andemotional   distress  damages

Provide  permanent   injunctive  relief.

Provide   appropriate   equitable   relief  (for  example,   make  the housing  available  toyou).

Payyour  reasonable   attorney's  fees.

Paya civilpenalty  toHUDtovindicate  thepublic  interest.  The maximum   civil  penalties   are:  $16,000,   for  afirst  violation   of the  Act;  $37,500   ifaprevious   violation   has  occurred   within the  preceding   five-year   period;  and  $65,000   iftwo  or  more previous  violations   haveoccurred  within  thepreceding

seven-year   period.

 

CivilTrialinFederalDistrictCourt:Ifeitheryouortherespondentelects tohaveaFederalciviltrialforyourcomplaint,HUDmust refer yourcasetotheU.S.DepartmentofJusticeforenforcement.The U.S.DepartmentofJusticewillfileacivillawsuitonyourbehalf intheU.S.DistrictCourtinthedistrictinwhichthediscrimination allegedlyoccurred.Youalsomaychoosetointervenein thecase andretainyourownattorney.Either youortherespondentmay requestajury  trial,andyoueachhavetherighttoappearin person, toberepresentedbylegalcounsel,topresentevidence, tocross-examinewitnesses,andtorequestsubpoenasin aidof discoveryofevidence.IftheFederalCourtdecidesin yourfavor, aJudgeorjurymayordertherespondent(s)to:

 

Compensateyouforactualdamages,including out-of-pocket expensesandemotionaldistress damages

Providepermanentinjunctiverelief.

Provideappropriateequitablerelief(forexample,makethe housingavailabletoyou).

Payyourreasonableattorney'sfees. Paypunitivedamagestoyou.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Determination      of   No   Reasonable    Cause   and   Dismissal:    If  HUD findsthatthereisnoreasonablecausetobelieve thatthe respondent(s)violatedtheAct,HUD willdismissyourcomplaint withaDeterminationofNoReasonableCause.HUDwillnotify youandtherespondent(s)ofthedismissalbymail,andyoumay requestacopyoftheFinalInvestigativeReport.

 

Reconsiderations  ofNoReasonableCauseDeterminations:TheFair Housing Actprovidesnoformalappealprocessforcomplaints dismissedbyHUD.However,ifyourcomplaintisdismissedwith aDeterminationofNoReasonableCause,you  maysubmita writtenrequestforareconsiderationreviewto:Director, FHEO OfficeofEnforcement,U.S. DepartmentofHousingandUrban Development,4517thStreet,SW,Room5206,Washington,DC

20410-2000.

 

 

INADDITION

 

YouMayFileaPrivateLawsuit:Youmayfileaprivatecivillawsuitwithout firstfilingacomplaintwithHUD.Youmustfileyourlawsuitwithin two(2)yearsofthemostrecent dateofallegeddiscrimmatory action.

 

Ifyoudo fileacomplaint withHUD andevenifHUD dismisses yourcomplaint,theFairHousingActgivesyoutherighttofilea privatecivillawsuitagainst therespondent(s)inFederalDistrict Court.ThetimeduringwhichHUDwasprocessingyourcomplaint isnotcountedinthe2-yearfilingperiod.Youmustfileyourlawsuit atyourownexpense;however, ifyoucannotaffordanattorney, theCourtmayappointoneforyou.

EvenifHUDisstillprocessing yourcomplaint,youmay filea privatecivillawsuitagainsttherespondent,unless(1) youhave alreadysignedaHUDConciliationAgreement  toresolveyour HUDcomplaint;  or  (2)a  HUDAdministrative  LawJudgehas commencedanAdministrativeHearingforyourcomplaint.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IfthereisnoncompliancewiththeorderofanAdministrative LawJudge,HUDmayseek temporaryrelief,enforcementof theorderorarestrainingorderinaUnitedStatesCourt of Appeals.

TheAttorneyGeneralmayfileasuitinFederalDistrictCourt ifthereisreasonablecausetobelieveapatternorpracticeof housingdiscriminationisoccurring.

 
Booklet - Are You a Victim of Housing Discrimination PDF Print E-mail
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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.        

 
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