Critics: Housing plan misses Latinos’ needs

Latino advocates took issue with a fundamental piece of the town and county’s affordable housing strategy, saying data it uses to determine the community’s housing needs doesn’t represent immigrant families.

Since January 2018 the Affordable Housing Department has required would-be renters and homeowners to complete an intake form, which provides information about their household size and income. More than 800 people have filled it out so far, and the data show that nearly 70 percent are one- or two-person households.

But Estela Torres, a Latino resource specialist with One22, said Monday at a joint meeting of the Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners that the figures don’t match the reality she sees working with low-income Latino families.

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Posted by Stefani
Apr 11, 2019