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Homeless center dispute put on hold by La Crosse’s city council

Brad Williams

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The fight over a proposed resource center to help the homeless could go on for a few more weeks in La Crosse. 

Catholic Charities withdrew a plan to place a resource center on 5th Avenue, following loud objections by neighbors. 

On Thursday night, city council member Chris Kahlow said the downtown neighborhood group joins the Washburn neighborhood in opposing the plan, as well. 

Kahlow favors giving Catholic Charities a year to come up with a new plan.     

Others on the council don’t want to have the charity wait a full year, and voted to defer the issue for a month, to get more information about their legal options.

Catholic Charities wants to move the resource offices out of its current warming center on 3rd Street, because of health department requirements for limiting occupancy of the building during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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