This story was updated Nov. 25 at 9 a.m. to include the location of the temporary housing option.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Crowley Capital, minority owners of the Hoback RV Park, said that they have secured a temporary housing solution for tenants who were notified their leases would expire on December 31, 2020.

The tenants were blindsided last week when told their leases were expiring at the end of the year. Following the notification, tenants created an online petition to extend the deadline to May 2021. They shared concerns about finding new housing during the holidays around Jackson, moving during a global pandemic, and some tenants who have been living in the park for a long time that do not have the means to move their trailers.

Working with a local property owner, Crowley has secured the option for all affected tenants to stay at the Virginian through April 2021. In addition, they have offered to pay for tenants’ December rents at the Hoback RV Park or the Virginian.

The Virginian will begin to offer spots, with Town of Jackson approval, starting December 8, and one-time leases will run through April 30, 2021, with no option to renew. Leases will reflect the current affordable rate that tenants pay at Hoback RV Park and will not be open to other tenants or visitors during winter 2020-2021.

“Providing safe and affordable housing to our community is something we take very seriously. We apologize that we did not coordinate better with our tenants beforehand, but our own information and options were quite limited,” says Crowley Capital Manager Justin Martin. “Nonetheless, we remain committed to working with our tenants, the community and related stakeholders to assist in this transition.”

For the past year, Crowley Capital has worked with county officials, state agencies, and local engineers to design and install a new septic system at the Hoback RV Park. Due to the Park’s proximity to the Snake River; county, state and federal regulations; and certain subsurface geological conditions, the land available to install a new septic system is extremely limited. As a result, the new system has reduced capacity and can only serve a small number of RV sites.

Crowley says that in not renewing leases beyond December 31, they are complying with general guidance from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and a hard deadline of December 31, 2020, under the Teton County permitting process.