Each day, we depend on the people who teach our children, deliver our health care, protect our environment, pave our streets and work for our non-profits. Many of these wonderful people are affordable homeowners and their homes have enabled them to stay in Jackson.
If the people who provide our essential services move away because they cannot afford to buy a home, then Jackson will cease to be the thriving and diverse community we all treasure.
People enrich our community. People with diverse backgrounds, interests and talents; people who share a love for vast, natural beauty, mountain adventure, and deep snow. Housing Trust homeowners are committed to Jackson Hole and they work to enrich our community through the charitable and professional services they provide.
Since 1992, nearly half of all Housing Trust homeowners have been able to use their affordable home as a stepping stone: 28% have leveraged equity in their affordable home to purchase a free market home and 16% have moved into a larger affordable home.
Ski Patroller/Scenic Float Guide
"Owning a home means that we don't have to worry about the vagaries of the housing market of Jackson Hole. Having a home gives a stable environment in which to raise our son and plan our future. Being able to have a home gave my family the security we needed to put down roots in this community that we love. Once we purchased a home, we felt secure enough to get married, have a child and invest in a future in Jackson Hole. At the end of long, exhilarating days on the river or on the mountain, I am so thankful that I have a relatively short drive home to see my family."
Captain, Jackson Hole Fire EMS
"The Housing Trust is building a true sense of community, one neighbor and one neighborhood at a time. They are creating opportunities, and by doing that, they are maintaining the ideals of our mountain town that so many of us know and love."
Middle School Science Teacher
"As a homeowner, I feel connected to Jackson as a community I love and not just a place I live. As a school teacher, staying in the community has helped me build connections with current and former students in a way I could not if I was less rooted and less invested. I love watching former students become contributing community members, and I hope in some small way I am able to support them as they grow up. My husband, Drew, and I feel very fortunate for our beautiful home."
Youth Manager, The Art Association
"Owning a Housing Trust home has given me a sense of permanence where I can build on what I love to do, which is create art and share art with other people. Such stability allowed me to find my perfect niche in Jackson Hole and take more risks as an artist. It also gave me the flexibility to grow with the nonprofit where I've worked for 11 years."
Officer, Town of Jackson Police
"One reason I made the decision to become a police officer in the Town of Jackson is that I wanted to be a part of this community. Coming from a densely populated area made me realize how important it is to know my neighbors, support local businesses and serve my community. The Housing Trust gave me the opportunity to live in the area I serve, which gives me a greater sense of pride for the work I do. Having a home in town also reduces stress on my family and finances. Thanks to the Housing Trust, I am able to spend my time in the town I love, with family and neighbors, in a home that I can afford."
Teton County Library
"Owning a home in this beautiful place that we love is an opportunity for which we are forever grateful. The peace of mind this grants us and the wonderful neighbors we have are priceless."
Jackson Hole High School Principal
"Our family has been very fortunate to be part of this community for 14 years. The Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust has provided an opportunity for me and my wife to continue to be part of this community and continue to contribute and serve as educators in Teton County School District #1."
Transit Coordinator, START Bus
"My husband and I spent 13 years building our lives in the valley before we purchased a house. Homeownership ensures our place in Jackson Hole is permanent."
Waste Diversion/Outreach Coordinator
"After renting and working seasonally for over 15 years, becoming a Housing Trust homeowner afforded Stephanie and me the stability to be able to stay in the valley and serve our community through our work. Affordable housing is in crisis in our community and I fear what this could mean for our working class and for the character of Jackson Hole."
Center Manager, Teton Interagency Dispatch Center
“The Housing Trust enabled me to take a significant step in my life and become a homeowner. Having been in the valley since 1991 and only rented, I was excited to be able to own my own home, gain that sense of accomplishment and become more involved in the community.”