The homeless problem is not just a city of La Crosse problem. County leaders acknowledged that this week when they joined forces with the city to address the growing problem. While the majority of the homeless population live on the streets of La Crosse, other communities struggle to help as well. But sometimes they make problems worse. Neighboring communities sometimes direct the homeless to La Crosse, where there are more resources, making the problem worse in the city. So far, the city and county don’t have a specific plan for helping the homeless, but they hope to have a plan in place by early next year. Until then, an estimated 80 unsheltered people will likely continue to be down in La Crosse parks and parking ramps. And next winter may see a repeat of using Houska park as a campground for the homeless. Clearly things aren’t going to change quickly. It is good that local governments are working together to solve the problem of homelessness. But they should also involve other stakeholders like the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and those operating a homeless resource center near downtown. All are hoping to accomplish the same thing. By working together, like the city and county are doing, could help achieve their goals more quickly and efficiently.