Families facing homelessness in La Crosse County this winter may be able to get financial help from a special county fund.
A county’s Executive Committee voted Wednesday to use what’s left of a $500,000 fund set up in 2018 to help pay for hotel rooms for families.
Kim Cable of the county board said the money had been placed in reserve to pay for homelessness prevention, but state programs to help families have allowed the county to maintain $168,902 in that prevention fund.
The leftover funding is from a homelessness prevention program that was used to help pay for hotel vouchers and other expenses.
Cable said the idea is to find winter housing for families, to free up more space at community shelters.
Many unsheltered living in La Crosse have been staying at Houska Park, which was re-zoned last spring to a campground for that purpose. That, however, ends at the end of the month.
The full county board could vote on the funding next week.