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City of La Crosse may use existing ARPA funds to maintain services to homeless



The city of La Crosse is looking at ways to continue funding outreach services to people who are homeless.

The funding for a team of outreach workers employed by the Independent Living Resources agency runs out at the end of this year. Thursday’s agenda for the city finance committee includes a resolution calling for $155,000 in federal ARPA money to be used to keep the outreach program going. About $22 million in ARPA funds were distributed to the immediate La Crosse area, because of the pandemic.

Money for the outreach team would come from funds which were approved last year to buy a south La Crosse motel for bridge housing. The plan to purchase the Maple Grove Motel was later withdrawn.

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. Kent Porter

    August 3, 2023 at 6:41 am

    American resue plan money was not allocated for homeless that don’t want to work . The MAYOR ALREADY SHELLED OUT 2 MILLION DOLLARS OF ARPA MONEY FOR THEM TO STAY IN MOTELS AND RUIN OR PARKS

  2. Tom

    August 3, 2023 at 9:22 am

    That’s our money, not theirs.

    • Tom

      August 11, 2023 at 6:46 am

      Tom, your not exempt from being homeless either.A bought with cancer or a broken leg might put you there yourself.

  3. Carol Herlitzka

    August 3, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    Arpa is our money we need a new mayer!! Put these people on a bus and send them to deleware…to Joe,
    Obama,to the dishonest look liberals..let them have them..not our problem!!!!!


    August 3, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Really people? Its called the american people rescue act fir a reason last i checked homeless people are americans correct? Im a veteran im at risk of being homeless very soon and i served my country for other americans dont go say there is lots of programs ready available there are but really not its all political bs some cities have more readily available programs and shelters available but not La Crosse and also just cause im a veteran doesnt make me any better than the next AMERICAN all AMERICANS should be treated equally watever there status is race religion sexual identity all that NO HOMELESS PERSON LEFT BEHIND!!!

  5. Stanley baker

    August 3, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    Really people? American rescue plan act last time i checked homeless people are americans also correct? U say they dont want too work have u spoken too a homeless person too ask there story? Many do want too work but not having housing makes it diffucult with no stability im a veteran im at risk of being homeless very soon dont go say theres many programs available for homeless veterans there is but there isnt its all political bs some citys have more availubility for programs and shelters for veterans but not La Crosse and im an AMERICAN i served my flow AMERICANS in the gulf war but that still doesnt make me a better american than other americans we should all be treated equally that was thr foundation of this country many many years ago wat happend? AMERICANS should all bw treated equally regardless of status race religon or sexual identity thats the problem everyone quick too judge people for lack of not even knkwing nothing about that fellow american stop that crap its not moral or ethical NO HOMELESS PERSON LEFT BEHIND thats a motto and a name of my facebook page its a push and statement motto everyone should have a right too housing i wish one day this dream of mine will come true

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