A group of residents wants elected officials to know about some solutions for the housing problem in Jackson Hole.
So on June 6th the group, known on Facebook as Shelter JH, will meet St Johns Church and then march to the Town Hall for a rally at 5PM and a town council meeting at 6.
Organizers of the event say that Jackson is in a state of emergency, that the town council is just saying “no to every idea that comes up,” and they are circulating a petition supporting immediate solutions for housing. In part, the petition states that they say “yes to shelter and housing for our neighbors – even in our backyards, our frontyards, our public land, and our streets. We support policy solutions like allowing trailers on public land in town and allowing people to park RVs overnight in our public parking lots driveways and streets. We call on the Jackson Town Council to take emergency action now.”
Specifically, as of Wednesday, the group had drafted three short-term solutions to bring to the council including creating a “Trailer Town” wherein the group would seek property, zoning, and money from taxpayers to pay to “bring in fully-equipped trailers (like what they use in the oil fields) as safe year-round housing for hard-working families” Potential locations for the trailers were called out such as the fairgrounds and Stilson Ranch.
Another proposal is to create a permit system so workers could sleep in RV’s or automobiles in public parking lots such as the Home Ranch lot on North Cache. In this plan permits would require proof of employment and a fee to cover administration. Would be campers would be required to leave the parking lots first thing in the morning.
Also included in the draft solutions was to allow overnight camping on town streets. In this plan, “workers can buy a permit to sleep in RVs or vehicles on public streets in the summer. Permits also require proof of employment and a fee. and the town and county can decide which streets are appropriate.”
The council has discussed camping for workers in the recent past but declined to allow it.
March participant Mary Erickson said she hoped the event would start the “YIMBY” movement – Yes, in my backyard.