$1.4 million HUD grant to go toward housing & community day resource center, runaway & homeless youth shelter

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Two new services are helping struggling kids in La Crosse.

In a collaboration between several local non-profits,  HUD is awarding $1.4 million to establish a new housing day resource center and emergency shelter for runaways and homeless youth.

A first-of-its-kind project in our community, it will address gaps in services for kids and adults experiencing housing instability.

The resource center will have on-site staff to help to connect people to programs including homelessness prevention, wellness services, nutritional assistance, addiction treatment, case management, an overnight shelter, and runaway & homeless youth services.

The runaway and homeless youth emergency shelter will help unaccompanied kids and kids at-risk of homelessness.

The shelter will provide 24-hour crisis intervention – giving kids a place to stay and basic care needs such as food, clothing, hygiene, and medical care.

Locations for these new facilities have not been determined yet.

The organizations involved are:

  • YWCA La Crosse
  • Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (BLACK)
  • Catholic Charities
  • CIA SIAB Inc.
  • Couleecap
  • Family & Children’s Center
  • Independent Living Resources
  • The Salvation Army of La Crosse County
  • The Center: 7Rivers LGBTQ Connection