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Block grants for housing a priority during COVID time

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The city of La Crosse is looking at ways to use special government grants to help people have decent housing during the COVID outbreak. 

More than half-a-million dollars in block grant money is coming to the city, and the community development committee is discussing options involving housing. 

Community Development administrator Caroline Gregerson says the homeless or those living in shelters could benefit from the funding, with money helping get them into homes, or preventing them from losing their housing.

Kim Cable of the Couleecap agency says people living on the street or in shelters would be safer from COVID-19 in a house. 

Cable also is concerned about those who have lost jobs during the outbreak, and might suddenly have to come up with rent.    

The committee has amended an ‘action plan’ from last year, to include programs that could be funded through the $518,998 grant for COVID-related needs. 

The money could be distributed sometime in June, after full city council approval.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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