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Options for offering shelter to homeless discussed again by La Crosse city leaders

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Will the city of La Crosse try offering short-term shelter to the homeless this year?

The city’s executive committee discussed Thursday increasing shelter options and facilitating ending “unauthorized camping” for homeless people.

The city’s unsheltered population staying in La Crosse parks has drawn complaints.

City council member Mackenzie Mindel, who serves on the executive committee, said a camping ban is unlikely if the city does not offer a different type of shelter to people without housing.

Allowing camping has been tried within La Crosse parks in recent years — sometimes with property damage and a large amount of littering happening as a result.

The committee did not take action on any plans at the afternoon meeting, opening the way for possible votes at council meetings in the coming weeks.

The Executive Committee also discussed the possibility of a city administrator position.

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. Lucenut

    May 31, 2024 at 11:03 am

    If you haven’t noticed, Mitch and the city government have only made the homeless problem WORSE! This is NOT a function of government. Tell your alderman to end the city’s participation in the homeless schemes.

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