Town, county DACA

The Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to allow DACA recipients to participate in the town and county's public housing programs. Councilor Jim Rooks was absent.

Town and county elected officials voted unanimously Monday to allow immigrants known as Dreamers to apply to purchase homes in Jackson Hole's public housing program.

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 and the Jackson Town Council voted 4-0 in favor of doing so. Councilor Jim Rooks was absent.

The two boards' votes cemented changes to town of Jackson and Teton County housing rules and regulations that give recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the ability to apply to buy publicly subsidized or restricted housing in Jackson Hole for the first time. That includes “affordable” homes that are price-controlled for local workers based on how much money they make, and “workforce” units that can sell for market prices but are reserved for households that make the majority of their income from Teton County businesses.

Dreamers are already able to rent “affordable” and “workforce” units because town and county housing officials don't ask for citizenship information for rentals.

And, now, as a result of the Town Council and County Commission's Monday vote, DACA recipients with a valid social security number and employment authorization document will be able to join U.S. citizens and green card holders in the bid to purchase publicly-administered "affordable" and "workforce" housing.

The unanimous vote came after about 10 people dialed into the virtual joint information meeting to provide public comment on the matter. Three were opposed, and at least six in favor.

This is a developing story. Read more about the discussion and decision in the Wednesday News&Guide.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Billy Arnold has covered government and policy since January 2020, sitting through hours of Teton County meetings so readers don't have to. He moonlights as a ski reporter, helps with pandemic coverage and sneaks away to climb when he can.

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