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La Crosse County leaders approve more emergency shelter funding for winter

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The La Crosse County Board unanimously voted Thursday for a plan to use surplus money on emergency winter housing for the unsheltered.

The money, close to $170,000, is what’s left of a homelessness prevention fund established four years ago, that started at $500,000.

Supervisor Kim Cable said the La Crosse area continues to have a high number of homeless people, compared to most other Wisconsin counties.

“Over the summer count, we have a 140 people on the street. Green Bay had 145,” said Cable, who works with the homeless through Couleecap, Inc., in La Crosse. “So we are standing out in the state of Wisconsin as a community that has a huge issue. I’ve talked to people in Milwaukee County who say, ‘What the heck is going on up there?’”

The plan could provide hotel vouchers this winter to families with children, which would open up more space for single adults at community shelters.

Brian Sampson, the city of La Crosse homeless coordinator, told the county board that community shelters probably can’t offer all the spaces that might be needed.

The money comes from a county fund set up in 2018 to help pay rent and other costs to people who might lose their homes.

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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  1. Carol Herlitzka

    October 21, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Recall Mayor,COUNTY BOARD,LA CROSSE COMON COUNCIL,Superintendent of schools.
    We need accountability for all the $ being spent! And also need to see who George Soros is paying our attys and judges in our area. George Soros should be arrested and the attys and judges should be fired.!!! For treason to the
    USA!

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