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No relief seen for rental crunch - Jackson Hole News&Guide: Town & County

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No relief seen for rental crunch

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Little concrete data available, but situation seems especially dire.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:30 am

This week, the Jackson Hole News&Guide embarks on a three-week special report of Teton County’s housing shortage. In today’s issue Ben Graham provides an overview of the problem, Frances Moody tells some housing horror stories, Emma Breysse links the housing shortage to an employee shortage, and Johanna Love sketches the long history of the issue. — Eds.

Each summer Jackson Hole grapples with a tight rental market for workers. Housing advocates say they see little sign it will ease over the long term without intervention.

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  • Gregory Miles posted at 11:52 pm on Tue, Aug 26, 2014.

    Gregorflea Posts: 17

    While I applaud the efforts of both the housing authority and housing trust. Subsided housing is not the only solution. The town council needs to move aggressively to address the shortage of rental housing units and free market housing options that are currently available by creating incentives for denser development in appropriate locations in town. This effort is not being taken up by our elected officials with any sense of seriousness. We need to build short term seasonal rental dormitory style housing close to the town core where young seasonal workers can walk, bike or ride the bus to work. Had the project that was proposed for the south side of the parking garage been this it probably would have been met more favorably by the Council that was in place at the time. The project that was presented was deed restricted affordable housing units to be sold not rented. A huge difference in use. The current town council should bring back the "Cottage house ordinance" immediately and pass it this time. Bob Lenz who is your front runner for re-election should tell us why he didn't support it the first time he had the opportunity to. This ordinance has the potential to create over 80 free market townhouse units under 800 sq. ft. as well as give opportunities to the small time developer who can't afford the required 3 lots to do a PUD! Another antiquated ordinance that needs to be fixed.

  • Jim Hobson posted at 8:06 am on Sun, Aug 10, 2014.

    jkjacksonhole Posts: 5

    Typical uneducated people look to a government solution born of Agenda 21 socialism to solve a problem designed by government ineptitude.

  • Martha Wicker posted at 11:06 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2014.

    ballpean Posts: 1

    Our two sons have absolutely loved living in Jackson Hole since this Spring. They rented a motel room until the rates went up and having been camping since June. The work that they do demands that they dress appropriately and so every day they have to drive into town and pay to shower at the rec center, eat out for most meals since they can't keep food at the campground (bears), etc. While they have been "hanging in there", it is less than idea living like vagabonds. If the community wants to be able to attract young people to staff their businesses, more needs to be done to help provide affordable housing.

  • Roy Garton posted at 6:27 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2014.

    Floridadude Posts: 69

    It has always been that way in Jackson since the 1960's. I remember my first apartment when I was on my own back in the early 70's. Myself and my new bride found a cute place for $225.00 a month. It was small, but adequate. I also remember selling my double wide mobile home for 10 grand more than I paid for it which is unheard of for most mobile homes. It was in great shape. Again that was a long time ago but think about hard to find properties like that today. Supply and demand in a County like Teton which is 3% in private hands and 97% in Federal, this is what you are going to always be up against. What is hard for property owners who have rentals is many of these sit vacant during the off season of Spring and Summer and for they have to pay to keep them heated or maintained along with the mortgages, they have to get what they can to cover those times. This part of Jackson, the high cost of living, I do not miss.