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Faces of a strained, changed community

Jackson Hole residents headed out, scraping by and settling in share their stories with the News&Guide.

Suzanne Young

Former Chamber of Commerce director doesn’t know where she’ll go

Nowhere to Live
Jason Fabian

Jason Fabian works in the radiology department at St. John’s Health but has been unable to find housing that he can afford. He spends most nights in his truck on U.S. Forest Service land and occasionally lucks into a room for a night or two at the hospital’s Hitching Post Lodge.

Remote workers

Thomas Ferguson and Tala Schlossberg work remotely from the home they’re renting north of Jackson.

Remote workers

Thomas Ferguson and Tala Schlossberg work remotely from the home they’re renting north of Jackson.

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Judd Grossman

Unlimited demand. Limited supply. There is no way to build our way out of the "housing crisis", and trying to do so will make Jackson Hole even more overdeveloped and over crowded than it is now.

Taxpayer subsidized housing only make sense if the workers are government employees, otherwise you are asking taxpayers to fund private sector employees, who may have more education and family wealth, at the risk of suppressing their own wages - reducing the cost of labor for rich people and pouring more fuel on the fire of commercial expansion.

Rent control punishes landlords who have put their own money at risk to provide housing for workers and build an asset for themselves. Nobody comes to the landlord's rescue when the market crashes. It's not the government's job to pick winners and losers in the economic equation. If workers can't find housing that suits them they should leave and find a situation that works for them. Clamoring for more development in Jackson Hole to serve your own economic interests is not a righteous position - no matter if you are a business person or a worker.

I think Suzanne Young is a wonderful person and an asset to the community, but everyone needs to deal with the consequences of their decisions. She sold out during the last boom. That was an enviable position to be in during the recession that followed. Homeowners make a lot of sacrifices to pay for and keep up their homes. They deserve the rewards if prices and rents rise, because they will certainly suffer the losses if things crash.

Why didn't the hospital build housing into their nursing home expansion? No commercial or institutional project should be built in the Valley without worker housing built in.

This is all about jobs. When the jobs dry up - lots of people leave Town leaving Homeowners, landlords, and business owners holding the bag.

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