It was disappointing that the River Forest Village Board passed the Affordable Housing Plan submitted by the Plan Commission. There was much public comment (and scores of letters that were not read into the public record) requesting that the board not rush through the flawed plan but instead take some time to make it stronger, more specific to River Forest, and more enforceable. 

The article written by Mr. Lifka, “Village adopts affordable housing plan,” [WJ News, June 10] does not make clear that both the residents and the trustees speaking out against the plan were not anti-affordable housing but were in favor of more affordable housing. 

We believe strongly that affordable housing is a social justice/equity issue. This country is in turmoil, given its utter failure to address the sin of slavery and the ongoing systemic racism that continues unabated. If there were ever a time to take a look at all of our policies and systems to make them more equitable, it’s now. 

I don’t think River Forest met that challenge. The silver lining of this meeting however, which was very contentious, was that no residents and no trustees argued against affordable housing in River Forest and for that I’m grateful. 

I will continue to hold out some hope that the River Forest board will work hard to make sure that affordable housing goals are not just met, but exceeded.

Deb Wolkstein

River Forest

Join the discussion on social media!