For the first time ever in La Crosse.
special housing will be available for student mothers.
News 8's Sarah Thamer is here to tell us about the
The buidling was originally owned by a family in the
1800's and was later turned into an apartment complex.
some parts of the building will be turned into hosuing
student mothers who attend any area college or university.
Building owners say it's an important first step to
provide equal opportunities for all students in our
This pink house on Main St.
in downtown La Crosse looks something like a paradise.
And that's just what it might be for the women who
will soon live there.
This particular facility is just ideal there is wonderful
indoor and outdoor play areas, there is just such
a wonderful fun feel about it that just speaks to
women and children.
Single women with children who are going to school
now have another option for affordable housing.
The Three Rivers Scholars House is the first opportunity
of its kind in La Crosse and UW-L Self-Sufficiency
Program director says the project addresses a major
problem student mothers are facing.
A tremendous amount of anxiety and fear about can
I do this? Is this affordable? is it worth it? And
having one need addressed even with you know the beginning
stages, of this project, the need of housing and stabalized
housing helps us answer that question yes it is possible
to go to school.
A suite and bathroom will be available for each student
mother for 400 dollars a month.
While the rest will be common space such as a kitchen,
a study area and play area for the children.
CEO of the Family and Children Center says the project
will benefit the community in a number of ways.
When young women are continuing to pursue their education,
it's good for everybody right? you know education
is the key to potentially getting out of the current
circumstance that they're in and so I think that's
the benefit of having something like this, safe and
secure housing, support, from other women who are
in like circumstances.
Project leaders say housing will be available the
beginning of Spring semester and they will be looking
to house three single student mothers the first time
Although some parts of the building will be designed
for student mothers.
the changes will not affect residents who already
live in the complex.