Conservation and affordable housing can coexist

 

I appreciated the nuanced description of Jackson's affordable housing issues in "Paradise at a Price" (HCN, 6/10/13). I serve on the boards of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust, and both are concerned that some people may not read past the statement that "conservation goals collide with the need for affordable housing projects." As the article points out, balancing land-conservation goals and the need for affordable housing is a complex policy issue for communities under growth pressures throughout the West. However, conservation and housing don't need to be opposing goals, and many of us work for both conservation and workforce housing. Our goal is to have affordable housing in appropriate places, while also protecting natural resources. Providing affordable housing preserves our identity and provides stability to our community, while conservation efforts protect our famous wildlife and landscape. Both the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust will support these goals for decades to come.

Kniffy Hamilton
Jackson, Wyoming