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Thanks for tuning in! It’s been an eventful month and here’s what we’ve been working on:

Hot Topics
ShelterJH members share relevant articles with one another through our member group. I can’t wait until we can all get together in person and share ideas! Until then, here are what our virtual conversations have been about this month:
Thanks to Town Councilors like Arne Jorgensen, Ordinance 473 is on its way to repeal! Photo credit: ShelterJH member Joey Sackett

Ordinance 473
Thanks to the leadership of Conservation Leadership Institute graduates (and ShelterJH members!) Miles Yazzolino, Ash Hermanowski, Maddie Johnson, Mckenzie Myers and Kelsey Yarzab, the Town Councilors voted unanimously to repeal the definition of “family.” This decision is a HUGE WIN for us! We were concerned that the diversity of households in the valley could never be inclusively defined, so we are thrilled that the councilors voted accordingly. They also voted 4-1 to amend our land development regulations to include maximum occupancy requirements (i.e. 5 adults per bathroom). This vote is the beginning of a long process that must go through the Planning Commission and then three separate votes through the Council. Special thanks to members who wrote emails and gave comments virtually during the meeting. There will be more opportunities to comment, so stay tuned!

Action Item: Advocate for DACA Recipients
In July, the Town Council and County Commission will be updating joint rules and regulations. One of the possible updates they could make is to enable DACA recipients to apply for deed-restricted housing through the Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Department. One of Shelter’s first wins back in 2017 was removing the citizenship question from rental applications. Now that the country has opened up Federal Housing Administration loans to DACA recipients, we need to make sure they also have access to local housing programs. Contact the Council and Commission now:,

We're staying vigilant throughout the Northern South Park planning process!

Northern South Park
The County Commissioners voted yet again (for the third time!) to keep steering committee meetings open to the public. Thoughts from you, our members, on why this continues to be a question? There were two steering committee meetings in April. If you missed them, check out the recordings here. We need to be consistently advocating for this plan to include as much permanently deed-restricted Affordable housing as possible. Email your commissioners:

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As always, I am here to answer any questions. Thanks for your steadfast support of ShelterJH!


Clare Stumpf


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