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LISTEN: Homeless coordinator Sampson on situation in La Crosse, as Houska Park campground designation ends



Tents and tarps line Houska Park in La Crosse, on Oct. 31, 2022, a day before the campground designation is set to end. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

La Crosse Homeless Services coordinator, Brian Sampson, joined WIZM on Wednesday.

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Sampson discussed the homeless situation in the city, as the campground designation at Houska Park came to an end this week, but the move for unsheltered out doesn’t appear to be happening.

Before that, US House Rep., Republican Brad Finstad on cost of living, farming and campaigning.

The rookie Congressman hopes to continue in office, after a special election this summer. He’s running against Democrat Jeff Ettinger.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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  1. Kent Porter

    November 3, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Tha HOMELESS should never have been allowed to take over our Houska park that is paid for with our tax money , a great majority of these people have drug addictions and alcohol addictions , then our Mayor spent $900,000 of the covid relief money to house them in the motel on rose street last winter with 125 police calls per month to that location for drugs and domestic abuse ,OUR tax money that has been wasted on individuals that will not get help with their addictions is the biggest waste of tax money I have seen in La Crosse in the 38 years I have lived here , accept for the $700,000 spent on street lights on Onalaska Ave from Wittenberg park (I-90) to Logan High School ( 10 street lights on each block ) REALLY ???? go check it out at night , Lets give the homeless a choice , Get on bus number One to get help and a job , OR , get on buss number two to go to jail for drug offenses as most have hard drugs in their possesion , ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!!!!! Vote Kent Porter for Mayor 2025 ( Write me in ) I will donate my Mayor pay to VETERANS who need help !!!!!!!!!

    • Jonathan

      November 15, 2022 at 8:48 pm


      I wouldn’t ever vote for you even if it helped me personally.


      A Veteran

  2. Rhead

    November 4, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Well said mr poter. I would bet more homeless all be coming here to cash in on Mitch’s dumb ass policies

  3. Lucenut

    November 4, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Politicians and bureaucrats are the absolute WORST at doing anything. It’s been proven every time they take on a mission. They have no incentive to succeed! They BENEFIT when the problem gets worse. Come on people wake the F__ up! Get the government OUT of the homeless business!

  4. Jake

    November 5, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Kent, Rhead, Lucenut,

    First of all, you all three have trashy names. The govt. and it’s workers have been diligently cleaning up the shit stains that people like you leave on this country. You have no idea how the real world works, im sure you just shit post 24/7 and drink nothing but Keystone light.

    Send me your address and my homeless pals and j will drive over and kick your ass.

    Jake Radke

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