The town and county invited for further public comment on some of the details of their most recent drafting of rules and regulations for affordable housing in our community. Below are some of our thoughts and opinions on the staff’s recommendations and the general discussion of housing in our community! We are stronger together, not divided.


Dear Mayor Muldoon, Town Councilors, and County Commissioners:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on your joint housing rules and regulations, and thank you and your staff for a tremendous amount of hard work on these important subjects.  

ShelterJH is a membership organization that works to ensure all who work in Jackson can have a home here. When people move out or commute, we lose critical service providers on-site, and we lose volunteers and active members of our community. Therefore, as we consider changes to housing rules, regulations, and zoning, we should always ask what the changes will do for our workers and community – especially our community members in the most vulnerable situations.

We have one high-level comment, and then comments on a few topics that we understand are still being discussed.

Overall, we believe the whole discussion of housing rules & regulations has been framed in a very limited way: Currently, affordable homes are viewed as a gift from our community to a few deserving individuals who have earned the homes through their merit, hard work, and type of work – and therefore our regulations should be very strict to make sure that only the most deserving people get and keep affordable housing. This whole frame misses the point. It’s not about the individuals at all – it’s about what kind of community we want to be. We believe a diverse community is a better community – and that we all benefit when our workers can live here. We aren’t “giving” homes to people – we’re creating opportunities that don’t otherwise exist for a diverse community that benefits all of us. If we don’t create affordable homeownership and rental opportunities, we’ll end up an empty husk of a resort town – and none of us want that. Seen in this light, the purpose of these rules and regulations should be to set up simple and streamlined opportunities to ensure a diverse community of local workers. Overall, we believe the current proposal is overly regulated, overly punitive, and overly expensive to administer.  Please use our tax dollars on building community rather than surveillance of affordable homeowners and tenants.

Occupancy requirements

Your current draft regulations add more restrictions to the size and types of households that can apply for different sizes of units. We ask that you base occupancy on number of persons in the household and not distinguish between adults and dependents. Based on discussions with two Fair Housing experts, we believe that restricting applications based on familial status (i.e. whether children are in the household or not) violates Fair Housing rules. Just as one example: a household of 2 should be able to apply for a 2-bedroom unit, regardless of what kind of family that is (a couple or a single parent with a child). Adding more rules makes this more restrictive and complicated. Please do not discriminate based on family / household make-up.

Lottery / drawing process

We are glad to see the new lottery process has been streamlined to only one “bucket,” so everyone who applies actually has a chance to win. This is a notable improvement over the old system. The goal should be creating a simple and equitable system that can retain local employees. Putting in more applications is irrelevant to our goal of retaining a diverse local workforce and is unnecessary. Increasing entries based on the amount of time you’ve lived here adequately provides priority for longevity in the community. Please do not add “number of past applications” to the drawing process.

Renting rooms in an affordable/employment home

When it comes to renting rooms, our goal should be to fill all available rooms with qualified employees, and to simplify the rules – not to generate revenue for the housing program. There are currently empty bedrooms, often the result of changing family status – why not let homeowners rent them to qualified renters? It is a cost-effective and environmentally sensitive way to get some of our employees in a safe and healthy living situation.  To your staff report questions:

  1. Yes, please allow rentals. Especially in employment-based homes without income restrictions, there is no reason to prohibit roommates. And in both employment-based and affordable homes, allowing roommates who also work here further helps house our workforce – which is our goal.
  2. The annual fee should be a simple and low flat fee of $100. Again, the goal isn’t to fund our housing program – it is to get more people in affordable housing. Yes, that takes staff time – but that’s why we fund the Housing Department with existing funds. Staff should not be involved in collecting rent – keep it simple.
  3. Maximum rents should be very affordable, and linked to maximum rents in public rental units. We suggest that all rented rooms (regardless of the category of the home) have a maximum rent that is affordable to 1 person at 50% AMI. (Option 3 at $460 seems most appropriate.) We do not support splitting rent with the housing department. Again, the goal isn’t to raise money, it’s to house more people. If a homeowner only gets half the rent, there’s much less incentive to rent your room to someone who needs it – and it’s more costly to administer.

Overall, please choose the policy options that are the simplest and do the best job at housing our local workers – especially those in most need (people earning below 50-60% of area median income).

Thank you for your consideration,

Mary Erickson



1889 replies
  1. Heather Williams says:

    Nikon D40/D50/D60 and D3100/D5100 do not include a commander, but models D80/D90/D200/D300/D7000/D700 do.
    Or the commander could be an added $250 Nikon SU-800, or a SB-700 through SB-910
    flash (conectado the hot shoe, operating as Commander).

  2. Carmen Choate says:

    I have realized that of all sorts of insurance, medical insurance is the most controversial because of the turmoil between the insurance policy company’s need to remain afloat and the consumer’s need to have insurance plan. Insurance companies’ profits on well being plans are extremely low, thus some companies struggle to make money. Thanks for the thoughts you write about through this web site.

  3. Theresa Smith says:

    It’s perfect time to make a few plans for the future and it’s time to be happy.

    I have read this publish and if I may I wish to recommend you few fascinating issues or suggestions.
    Perhaps you can write subsequent articles referring to this article.
    I desire to read more issues approximately it!

  4. Dorothy Kokoska says:

    I’ve been surfing on-line more than three hours lately, yet I by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours.
    It’s beautiful price enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and
    bloggers made excellent content material as you did, the web
    will probably be much more useful than ever before.

  5. Philip Goldberg says:

    I leave a response whenever I like a post on a site or if I
    have something to add to the discussion. It’s a result of the sincerness communicated in the post
    I read. And on this post The Growing Trends in Content Theft: Image Theft,
    Feed Scraping, and Website Hijacking ? Lorelle on WordPress.
    I was actually moved enough to write a thought 😛 I
    actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Could
    it be only me or do a few of the comments come across like they are
    left by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting at
    other sites, I would like to follow you. Could you make a list the complete urls of all your public
    pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

  6. Jack Kronfeld says:

    Hello! I’ve been reading your weblog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go
    ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!

  7. Katherine Allen says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as
    though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know
    what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving
    us something informative to read?

  8. Francesca Maxwell says:

    I’ve been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never
    found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough
    for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers
    made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

  9. John Acevedo says:

    I’ll immediately grab your rss as I can’t in finding your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly let me recognise so that I may subscribe.

  10. Alice Polakiewicz says:

    Its like you read my thoughts! You appear to know so much approximately this, like you wrote the e-book in it or something.
    I feel that you just can do with a few p.c. to pressure the message home a bit, however
    other than that, that is great blog. A great read.
    I’ll certainly be back.

  11. Linda Mojica says:

    I have been surfing online greater than three hours as of late, yet
    I never discovered any fascinating article like yours.

    It is pretty value enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made
    good content material as you did, the net will likely be much more useful than ever before.

  12. Trenton Michelin says:

    I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting
    article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me.

    Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did,
    the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  13. Elaine Aguilera says:

    Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?

    I’m looking to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a tough time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for
    something completely unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  14. Nora Rotondo says:

    It is perfect time to make a few plans for the longer term and it is time
    to be happy. I have learn this put up and if I may I want to suggest you few interesting issues
    or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles relating to
    this article. I want to read more issues about it!

  15. Amelia Butler says:

    It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you
    some interesting things or advice. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read even more things about it!

  16. James Wicklund says:

    Hi there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.
    Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a reasonable price?
    Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  17. Charles Fonseca says:

    I’ve been surfing online greater than three hours these days, but I never found any fascinating article like yours.

    It’s lovely value enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did, the net shall be much more
    useful than ever before.

  18. Gerald Caudill says:

    Its such as you read my mind! You appear to grasp so much about this, such
    as you wrote the e book in it or something. I think that you can do with some
    % to power the message house a bit, but other than that, that is
    excellent blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  19. eebest8 back says:

    “Generally I don’t read post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do it! Your writing taste has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great post.”

  20. Aaronspali says:

    [url=]where can i buy metformin[/url] [url=]baclofen[/url] [url=]propecia[/url] [url=]albendazole without prescription[/url] [url=]antabus[/url] [url=]Mobic Online[/url] [url=]buy suhagra[/url] [url=]erythromycin[/url] [url=]vardenafil tablets[/url] [url=]allopurinol[/url]

  21. Bennyacida says:

    [url=]how much is metformin[/url] [url=]suhagra by mail order[/url] [url=]buy colchicine[/url] [url=]buy mobic[/url] [url=]generic cialis pills[/url] [url=]xenical[/url] [url=]baclofen[/url] [url=]buy propecia[/url] [url=]advair[/url] [url=]hctz no prescription[/url]

  22. MichaelCexia says:

    [url=]Avodart Without Prescription[/url] [url=]baclofen[/url] [url=]buy metformin[/url] [url=]proscar propecia[/url] [url=]ampicillin[/url] [url=]cost of furosemide[/url] [url=]xenical 120mg[/url] [url=]colchicine[/url] [url=]vardenafil price[/url] [url=]allopurinol[/url]

  23. furtdsolinopv says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site :).

  24. Williammut says:

    Hello, admin.

    Interesting website, really!
    But “Search” function on it doesnt work. Sad.

    P.S. Where I can get XEvil4.0 for free?
    It’s best captcha solver, included Google ReCaptcha.
    Need it for white SEO. Thanks.

  25. Elenhig says:

    OTT – это реальная экономия на просмотре ТВ каналов
    Количество бесплатных каналов ограничено, а самые лучшие и интересные спутниковые каналы – платные. Расширяя список платных каналов Вам придется немало заплатить. Возникает вопрос: как же смотреть закодированные каналы и экономить деньги в кармане? Выход есть – подключить ОТТ.
    «Позапроска», т.е. не смотришь – не платишь.
    Позапросная тарификация:
    телеканалы SDTV — 0.0228$/час
    телеканалы HDTV — 0.04568$/час
    телеканалы FullHDTV — 0.0912$/час
    Месячная подписка от 4.5$/Месяц
    ОТТ – доставка видео сигнала на клиентское оборудование с помощью интернета.

    Около 300 каналов ждут вас !

    Website URL:

  26. Andrewseisp says:

    objet publicitaire whisky

    Promenoch les spécialistes des objets publicitaires basé à Paris vous propose un large choix de cadeaux d’affaire et d’objets publicitaires : cadeaux entreprises , coffret champagne personnalisé , panier gourmand personnalisable , chocolat publicitaires , coffrets cadeaux beauté publicitaires , parure stylos personnalisable . Retrouvez touts nos objets publicitaires personnalisés ( textiles publicitaires , sac personnalisable , montres personnalisés , stylos publicitaires ) cadeaux d’affaires luxe personnalisable ( maroquineries personnalisés , parures stylos publicitaires , … ) il est possible de également réaliser une large gamme de sacs et bagageries personnalisable ( sacs de voyage publicitaires , sac de sport personnalisé ou des sacs shopping personnalisable ) , trouvez votre cadeau d’affaire ou votre objet publicitaire sur les catégories que nous proposons comme les parapluies personnalisable , montres personnalisés , textiles publicitaires , clés USB publicitaires , mug en verre personnalisables , gourde et bouteilles personnalisés , sac kraft personnalisable , sac papier écho-responsable publicitaires . Nous vous proposons également des éléments publicitaires écologique qui respecte la nature ( plantes personnalisable , Mug en bois personnalisé , verre en bambou publicitaire , sac shopping en coton en toile ou en fibre de bambou écologique , carnets publicitaires et aussi des stylos écho-responsable personnalisables ) . n nVous recherchez une idée cadeau pour la fin d’année ? Promenoch vous propose une large gamme des idées cadeaux 2018/2019 personnalisable ( montres personnalisables , plantes publicitaires , paniers gourmand personnalisable , cadeau d’entreprise publicitaires , articles et décorations noël publicitaires ) . Vous pouvez personnaliser vos objets publicitaires avec vos photos ou bien votre logo afin de diffuser au plus grand nombre votre marque ou image . n nNos cadeaux d’affaires et objets publicitaires sont le support de communication parfait pour les consultants les CE , mairies , administrations , entreprises , commerces , garages , concessionnaires , ambulanciers , cliniques , secteur de la santé , laboratoires , BTP , société de transport , agence de consulting , cabinet de conseils , cabinet d’avocats . n nNous vous proposons également nos articles de sport publicitaires ( ballon personnalisable , écharpe supporteurs publicitaires , trophées personnalisés , sac de sport publicitaires , poignet personnalisable , gourde personnalisé , jeux de pétanque personnalisable , accessoires de fitness publicitaires , tapis de yoga publicitaires , dossards personnalisés , Banderoles publicitaires personnalisables en non tissé 130gr nEn rouleau ou découpées ) . n nPromenoch sont les spécialistes des objets publicitaires et cadeaux d’affaires propose un large choix de calendriers publicitaires ( calendriers bancaires personnalisés 7 mois ou 13 mois , calendriers chevalet personnalisables ) ou aussi agendas publicitaires en simili cuir , balacron , vivella , sense cuir , charme . Nous avons aussi à vous proposer les grands classiques indémodables et très efficaces en terme de publicité par l’objet que sont les clés USB personnalisées et les stylos publicitaires , verres en plastique personnalisable , plaid polaire personnalisés , Mug en pailles personnalisable , sac isotherme publicitaires , sacs shopping publicitaires , gourde en tritan ou en plastique publicitaires , Éventails en bois ou en plastique personnalisable , conférenciers personnalisés , sac pliable shopping personnalisable , couvre casque ski publicitaires , badges personnalisable , mug avec cuillère personnalisable , verre en bambou personnalisable , gobelet en carton ou en plastique publicitaire , chapeaux publicitaire , agendas publicitaires , calendriers personnalisés , diffuseur d’huiles essentiels personnalisable , t-shirts publicitaires , chemises personnalisées , vêtements de hautes visibilité personnalisable ( gilet de sécurité personnalisé , pantalon de sécurité publicitaire ) . n nPour vos salons , congrès ou évènement , retrouvez un large choix de drapeaux publicitaires , de tonnelle personnalisables ou de portes document personnalisés . nLes lanyard