Teton Motors’ 12 rental units range from studios to three-bedroom apartments. Auge declined to say how much employees pay monthly in rent, but described it as “between 40 and 60 percent below market.”
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the average market rent in Jackson for a one-bedroom unit was $2,141 per month, while a two-bedroom unit was $2,772 per month, according to the Department of Affordable Housing. of Jackson/Teton County, which collects rental data. the city’s five main apartment complexes.
Teton Motors units are rented on a monthly basis and employees can live there as long as they want, Auge said.
“We realized there would always be this need,” he said. “There would always be a shortage of accommodation. Especially during high seasons, summer and winter. And obviously we’re not a seasonal business. We needed people to have a place all year round.”
People working all types of jobs with the group have used employee accommodation over the years, from vendors and retailers to managers and office staff. An employee has rented accommodation for eight years. Some workers used the housing as they saved enough money to buy a home outside of Teton County, where homes cost much less but require a longer commute, Auge said.
Marilyn Garcia, head clerk and receptionist for Teton Motors, rents a three-bedroom apartment above the collision center. She previously worked for the company and left but returned a year ago, attracted by the housing offer.
“That’s why I came back to work here,” said Garcia, who said she pays $1,500 a month in rent. “I have three kids. So when they had a three-bedroom apartment available, I jumped on it.”
Instead of a 45-minute drive each way from other towns along the Idaho-Wyoming border, Garcia travels a block and a half to the dealership and gets to live and work there. Jackson.
“For me and my situation, if I didn’t have housing, I couldn’t live in Jackson,” she said.