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Posted on: September 1, 2020

Housing Department Receives Grant for Emergency Housing

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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, Jackson, Wyo. – Today the Jackson/Teton County Housing Department received a $25,000 grant to secure temporary housing for community members seeking a place to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19. The grant was made possible by the Community Emergency Response Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

“Over the past several months many community organizations have worked together to place individuals and families in temporary housing to safely quarantine or isolate because of COVID-19,” said Jackson/Teton County Affordable Housing Director April Norton. “Over the past few weeks, it became clear that we needed to secure longer-term leases on multiple units to ensure that those in need have a place to safely land on a temporary basis. This grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole allows us to better serve our community,” Norton said.

The grant will be used to lease six units for the next three months to ensure that Teton County Public Health has a place for people to go should they need to quarantine or isolate and find themselves without safe sheltering options.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please reach out to your primary healthcare provider. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call St. John’s Health Hotline at 307-739-4898, option 3.

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About the Jackson/Teton County Housing Department: The Housing Department works to create healthy housing solutions so that our workforce can live, spend, and volunteer locally, maintaining the community character we all cherish. The department is jointly funded by the Town of Jackson and Teton County and manages over 800 rental and ownership homes plus 241 dormitory beds. The department anticipates adding 88 deed restricted units to the portfolio in 2020 and is currently partnering on seven new developments that will result in over 170 new deed restricted homes for the community.

About the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole: The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole improves lives through philanthropic leadership. For over 30 years, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has leveraged local philanthropy to make nonprofits more effective and our community stronger. Addressing critical community needs, the Foundation administers various grant programs and supports organizations based on impact and capacity. The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole manages over $85 million in assets and our annual event, Old Bill’s Fun Run, has raised over $173 million for local nonprofits. Since inception, donors have relied on the Foundation’s experienced staff to assist with their current and planned giving. We provide insight about community needs, due diligence and simplified administration. Funds at the Community Foundation are carefully guarded, prudently invested and wisely used.

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