WILMETTE, Ill. (CBS) — The Wilmette village board has appointed a seven member committee to find ways to privately finance housing mortgage and property tax assistance for low income residents. But as WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports there is organized opposition that wants to continue the public assistance that is to be phased out next year.
The board is acting as a community group forms to press for continuation of the program.
The program has been around for 32 years and is budgeted at $45,000 a year, but Wilmette village officials say they are watching pennies and intend to phase out the core of the program July 1, although it will continue to fund $3,000 a year for emergency relocations. Currently the Housing Assistance Program serves 21 people and families, most of them long-time residents.