At least two members of the Jackson Town Council favor stricter rules for work requirements for tenants in affordable housing units in Teton County.
The Town is adopting updates to the housing regulations which moved forward at last week’s council meeting.
One ordinance did not sit well with Councilmembers Jim Rooks and Jessica Sell Chambers because they wanted to change the way the number of hours of work required to qualify were calculated.
Earlier in the year, staff from the Teton County Housing Department had proposed that any adult living in the household of an affordable unit would have to work a minimum of 30 hours per week for a local business or organization located in Teton County. That means that if two adults were in the affordable unit, it would total 60 hours. This was an idea favored by Sell Chambers and Rooks.
That language was rejected by the other elected officials in favor of the current wording that simply requires that at least one person residing in the unit be required to work 30 hours for a local business.
Sell Chambers said that when couples in this community are working 60 hours apiece in Teton County, it does not seem right to leave them out of housing opportunities in favor of a couple that is earning 30 hours of their income in Teton County and potentially the other person earning their money remotely.
Mayor Morton-Levinson, and Councilors Schechter and Jorgensen voted in favor of the lesser requirement.