A row of historic homes in a picturesque Wyoming landscape sit perpetually empty on land leased to the city by the USDA near the High Plains Arboretum in Cheyenne even as the city is feeling the pinch of a severe housing shortage.
According to a 2022 housing study, Cheyenne needs 5,000 more single-family housing units and an additional 8,401 rental units. The lack of housing is a problem all over the state.
While Teton County Commission Vice-Chair Luther Propst said he opposes free-market housing, his opponent says the problem is Propst’s continued votes against housing projects which has limited housing supply.
Local and state government and non-profit entities are scrambling to provide affordable housing in the most expensive zip code in the country, Teton County, Wyoming.
To help alleviate a housing shortage in Teton County, estimated at 5,300 housing units, a developer is battling local government for permission to repurpose an existing building into housing. Workers say without it, they have to live in their cars.
Teton County on Tuesday reversed course and unanimously approved a WYDOT request for a zoning change that will allow the department to build employee housing on its land in Jackson.
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