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Gundersen Hotel helps county house some homeless people with COVID

Brad Williams

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For a few weeks this fall, the EconoLodge in north La Crosse took in homeless people through a government grant program. 

Now, a second La Crosse hotel is offering shelter specifically to persons who are homeless and infected with COVID, or who have tested for the virus. 

Three such persons have been housed at the Gundersen Hotel on South Avenue during the past two weeks, according to La Crosse County human services official Audra Martine.    

She tells a county board committee that the three stayed at the hotel either until they recovered from the virus, or left on their own.     

County supervisor Kim Cable says the county still has unused shelter space, which she hopes can be occupied by people now on the street.    

The county has worked with the Coulee Region Collaborative to End Homelessness on the hotel shelter programs.    

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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