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$3 million in ARPA funds to buy bridge housing for homeless in La Crosse County



If you have government money on hand to help families that are homeless, what’s the best way to spend that money? 

The La Crosse County Board has decided to spend some federal ARPA funding to buy housing that could be used short-term by homeless families with kids.  The board has authorized $3 million for the project, promoted by Couleecap and Catholic Charities.

Board supervisors debated whether the money should be provided directly to families to help pay for housing now.  They also wanted assurances that the funds could be used throughout the county, so that all the housing doesn’t end up just in the city of La Crosse.

Catholic Charities and Couleecap have proposed the idea of setting up bridge housing around the county for at least 10 years. A family qualifying for the housing could live in a unit for as long as two years, while looking for other housing.

In other business on Thursday, the county board appointed Elizabeth Lubinski as full-time medical examiner. Lubinski is a paramedic who studied at Western Tech. She has been interim medical examiner for a few months, as Tim Candahl prepares for eventual retirement from the department.

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

    December 16, 2022 at 6:46 am

    Have any of you educated idiots heard of wpa program? Putting homeless to work and paying them for working? Shoveling sidewalks, clearing corners.in the summer they take care of the parks??
    You are enabling these people to continue to be homeless. Take your heads out of your rear end..and start using the common sense God gave you.

  2. Kent and Theresa

    December 16, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Hey this new homeless thing is sounding really good to the wife and I , we can camp at Houska Park on the Mississippi river all summer for free , get free food from the food shelters , buy booze and drugs with our county aid money , THEN , live in a house for two years for free , SIGN US UP !!!!!!!!!!

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