The La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness has
a lofty goal .
to end veteran homelessness in the La Crosse area
To help meet that goal, the group imposed a deadline
to have all rental units secured for veterans by tomorrow,
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill is here to tell us how close
they are to that goal.
The collaborative launched its 100-Day goal to house
the 12 homeless veterans in La Crosse back in mid-September
and set Veterans Day as the deadline to secure enough
*units* for the homeless veterans.
They have already successfully housed eight veterans,
but they've identified more since September.
and the collaborative's chair says the biggest obstacle
has been finding apartments to rent.
Captain Jason Melby
These are people that have fallen on hard times, served
our country and it's the right thing to do.
Captain Jason Melby knows solving veteran homelessness
takes a large effort.
If i write them a ticket, did we just solve the problem
of them being homeless? No.
But a landlord as well, Melby is able to offer homeless
vets much more than a ticket.
One of them proud to say need up going in one of our
properties in Tomah.
In September, the La
Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness
identified 12 homeless veterans to house by Christmas
and eight have already moved into homes of their own.
But with a different holiday quickly approaching ...
We've got veterans day right around the corner.
The group is reminded of how far they have to go.
The goal by tomorrow is to have all the properties
According to Chair of the collaborative Kim Cable,
the biggest obstacle so far has been finding those
We have the services and rental assistance secured
but we just need about eight more one bedroom units
for us to help house the veterans on our list.
Sometimes landlords have reservations.
The worry of being landlord, bringing someone in who
hasn't rented in along time, who maybe doesn't have
the greatest rental history or credit history.
But Melby says the reward of giving someone a second
chance is worth it.
the thing that our organization is simply asking that
with our wraparound services wrapped by different
service providers, we think we can acclimate people
back to housing, give them a place to call home.
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Chair of the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness
Kim Cable says even though they'll likely fall short
of their goal to secure all the properties by Veteran's
all the veterans housed so far are doing well, and
she's confident the others will be able to enjoy a
Merry Christmas in their new homes.
Some members of the collaborative will be meeting
with the local landlord association November 17th
to answer any questions
about working with their initiative.