Future uses for the Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse are still being discussed by the county board.
At Monday night’s board meeting, county administrator Jane Klekamp described details of a plan to include day care and bridge housing in an overall project to cost $19 million.
“If the board supports that, then we will go forward to solicit bids for the different proponents of it, and then we will return to the veterans, aging, long-term care committee and the board for the consideration of this,” said Klekamp.
Other parts of the Hillview transition include adding a daycare center, community based residential facilities, and a four-bed crisis stabilization unit.
Some board members are skeptical about spending roughly $3 million on bridge housing units, which would hold 10 people at a time.
They feel that the cost of supplying temporary housing for so few people would be too high.
Supervisor Kim Cable, who works with the homeless, said this plan would be one part of a community solution.
“None of these things that we do as a community, and it takes more than just funding from the county, ” said Cable. “It takes getting landlords on board, and having reasonable rent prices that we can put people into units that they can afford.”
The cost of the Hillview project already had been reduced by letting the existing nursing home stay open.
Federal ARPA funding is being put toward the project. The county board could vote next week to seek bids on the project, with approval of a final plan to come at a later meeting.
Back in July, Klekamp described the Hillview transition in detail on La Crosse Talk PM.