Housing director wants to spend $13 million on housing ‘crisis’

April Norton, director of the Jackson/Teton County Housing Department, wants to spend $13 million to build homes and expand housing programs in the upcoming fiscal year.

“It’s crisis level,” Norton told the Jackson Hole Daily, referring to the state of Teton County’s affordable housing. “There are houses that used to be rented for $2,500 a month that are now being rented for $10,000 a month. It’s really hard to wrap your head around.”

Norton spoke with the Daily after a week of budget hearings in which government and nonprofit officials repeatedly said the housing pinch is making staffing difficult.

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