According to the 2020 U.S. Census, Wyoming’s population grew from 563,626 in 2010 to 576,851. Teton County’s population increased by 9.6% from 21,294 to 23,331. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Last week, Jackson/Teton County Housing Department released a survey to receive feedback from the public on ways to best serve the community’s needs through the Preservation Program.

“This program is a great opportunity for homeowners who [want] to make sure that when they sell, their house goes back to a local, working individual or family. While at the same time, it helps those who are looking to purchase a home, with down payment assistance,” said Housing Director April Norton. “We want to hear from the public to find out what they like and don’t like about the program, reasons why they might use it or reasons why they would not use it.”

The Preservation Program allows the Housing Authority to pay a household for a permanent deed restriction on their property to ensure that when the home is sold, it is sold as Workforce Housing. The pilot program also allows those who are in the market to buy a home, to apply for down payment assistance in return for making the property deed-restricted once the sale closes.

“The program is still in the early stages, and we’ve already had three success stories,” said Norton. “How can we help more members of our community through this program? That’s what we hope to find out from this survey.”

The survey is open to the public through Friday, July 9, 2021, and can be accessed by visiting this link.

The Preservation Program was approved as a pilot program by the Jackson Town Council and the Teton County Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 11, 2021, and launched Feb. 1, 2021. The program is using $1,000,000 from 2019 Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET) Community Housing Priorities.

For more information about the Preservation Program, click here, call 307-732-0867, or stop by the Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Department at 320 S. King Street in Jackson.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who is lucky to call the Tetons home. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.