A Unique Contribution

May, 31 2022


Land Use Code

, Collaboration

, Housing

There are many ways to contribute to the work we do at VARD!


Financial contributions, volunteering, board service...

And here's another one: analysis of a policy issue. As we all know, housing, especially affordable housing, is a critical issue in our valley and its impacts are being felt by hundreds of families here. It is an issue that we have been following for years.

Members of the VARD family, Linda & John Unland, have had particular interest in the dynamics of this issue and began working with VARD's Research Associate Alena McIntosh, prior to her employment with VARD, to delve into the underpinnings and complexities of the housing/affordable housing crisis. The end game? A three-part document series - examining and reporting on housing challenges from a national, regional, and a local scale. Please review the first report here:  American Housing: An Assessment of the National Housing Crisis, Policy, and Potential Solutions.

Big thanks to Linda and John Unland for masterminding such a creative and timely research project - for funding and underwriting Alena’s impressive work. We are so grateful for this creative contribution to VARD! 


I hope you enjoy this series as it unfolds.


We look forward to your thoughts!



Niki Richards,

Executive Director



Many people and organizations have been working tirelessly on the ongoing housing crisis nationally as well as locally. In upcoming emails we will be linking to some of these local groups and news articles about this issue. Here are few to start with:


Teton County Joint Housing Authority Board


City of Driggs Affordable Housing Projects


2021 Housing Supply Strategy

Driggs City Council Unanimously DENIED Rivers West

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Niki Richards, Executive Director
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285 East Little Avenue
PO Box 1164
Driggs, ID 83422



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