They have more people wanting money than there is money to go around.
It’s a problem for the city of La Crosse, as it distributes community development block grants specifically tied to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Caroline Gregerson, the city’s community development coordinator, says the $518,000 grant approved for La Crosse back in March went fairly quickly, with 59 of 114 applicants receiving parts of that grant.
Many businesses in La Crosse have opened up again, since the state lifted a stay-home order last week.
Gregerson says for many companies, the bills for rent and utilities don’t stop coming when the money doesn’t come in.
The grant approved by Washington in March was aimed primarily at helping small businesses, and some child care needs, and La Crosse is also working on relief for homeless residents during the pandemic.