JACKSON, Wyo. — Last week, the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Commissioners unanimously passed a housing regulation change to allow Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to qualify to purchase affordable housing in Teton County.
While there are some restrictions surrounding this change, DACA recipients who have lived in Teton County and worked for a Teton County business for at least one year are eligible to qualify.
Support for the change was heard during public comment.
“Our DACA recipients are, by both virtue of their humanity and by legal definition, a valuable and essential part of our community,” said Attorney at Law Reilly Ward.
“Dreamers are full participants in and members of our society and their health and wellness benefit our whole community and our economy. Wyoming DACA recipients and DACA- eligible individuals paid an estimated $923,000 in state and local taxes in 2018,” said ShelterJH Coordinator, Clare Stumpf.
Meanwhile, opponents argued that improvements need to be made in affordable housing for U.S. citizens prior to extending the opportunity to DACA recipients.
In their analysis, the Town Council and County Commissioners stated that “while DACA recipients do not hold a U.S. Citizenship status and are not considered Lawful Permanent Residents, they do have legal documentation such as a Social Security Number and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) and are at low risk for deportation.”
“For these reasons, Fannie Mac, and FHA are currently providing financing to DACA recipients for the purchaser of homes. The Housing Authority has the option to purchase residential units via appointing the Housing Manager Attorney in Fact where/if needed,” the agenda documentation said.
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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.
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