It’s incredibly difficult for hard working people to find a decent affordable place to live in Jackson Hole. When people can’t afford to live here, they face a daunting choice. Commute long and dangerous distances, consuming significant amounts of fossil fuel, increasing traffic and wildlife-vehicle collisions, reducing family time, and undermining our community character. Or deal with unsafe and cramped housing conditions, camping, living in their cars, or housing costs that eat up most of their income.
This unacceptable situation exists primarily because our community has chosen not to invest in building housing that our workforce can afford and our land use rules present unnecessary obstacles to building the types of housing hard working people need, while encouraging the construction of tourist lodging and houses attractive to second homeowners.
We can work together as a community to create housing opportunities that align with our values of protecting wildlife and our community character and provide those who work here with the security of having a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.