The average cost of a home in the United States is $188,900, while the average cost of a house in Wilmette is around $800,000. This statistics show that buying a house in Wilmette is about 423% higher than the US average.
Many residents believe that the addition of affordable housing is taking away from "the image" of Wilmette and could lead to higher crime rates along with many other negative impacts. The development is being urged to contain 15% low priced units. Many believe that the donations should be put to providing housing for the elderly and disabled rather then just simply those who take in low-income. It doesn't seem fair for residents to prevent anyone from living in such a great neighborhood like Wilmette. Even those with lower than average income rates should have the access to the benefits of living in a town like Wilmette. Several hearings are planning for the next 6-8 months before a decision will be made on what to do with the $80,000.