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La Crosse County Administrator Klekamp on homeless plan, police co-responder units, kids-seniors care center



La Crosse County Administrator Jane Klekamp in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on Jan. 16, 2024.

La Crosse County Administrator Jane Klekamp in the WIZM studio discussing the city-county homeless plan, an expansion of the co-responder units with police and the inter-generational care center the county is starting.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

After rounding all that up, we talked quick about the upcoming La Crosse County Board races, where 20 of the 30 seats are contested races — but no primaries.

After that, we discussed one of Thursday’s agenda items for the board’s monthly meeting, which is expanding the city of La Crosse and county’s co-responder units — which are basically a team up of mental health workers riding with a police officer.

The second half of the show consisted mostly of the city-county unveiling its plan last week to end homelessness in La Crosse, called Pathways Home. Asked Klekamp what the biggest challenges in that plan would be, as the goal is to get homelessness in the city down to functional zero by 2029.

Lastly, we discussed one of the ways the county’s Hillview Healthcare Center is being expanded with what’s called an inter-generational center, where both children and seniors are together in, essentially, a daycare.

Earlier this month, the county sought input from providers that might be interested.

It’s part of a $19.6 million renovation and expansion of what used to be a nursing home.

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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