$1.4 million HUD grant to help YWCA, nonprofit partners launch two new services

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LA CROSSE, Wis. — The YWCA La Crosse, in partnership with several local nonprofits, received a $1.4 million federal grant through the state to launch two groundbreaking programs.
The programs in the new project — a day resource center and a runaway and homeless youth emergency shelter — will receive the money from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The project, which is the first of its kind in the La Crosse area, is intended to address service gaps for children, youths and adults experiencing housing instability, according to a YWCA news release.
Nonprofit partners with the YWCA in the venture include Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, Catholic Charities, the CIA Siab Inc. Hmong organization, Couleecap, the Family & Children’s Center, Independent Living Resources, The Salvation Army of La Crosse County and The Center: 7Rivers LGBTQ Connection.
The day resource center, which does not have a location yet, will centralize and make more accessible all local housing services, the YWCA said.
Onsite personnel from community agencies will help to connect people to programs including homelessness prevention, community health and wellness services, nutritional assistance, addiction treatment, overnight shelter and case management.
The runaway and homeless youth emergency shelter, which will be in a separate location, will be a key component in addressing the needs of unaccompanied youths and youths who are at-risk of homelessness, the YWCA said.
The collaborative shelter will combine state and federal funding sources to provide housing first, and fulfilling other needs later.
The shelter model will provide 24-hour crisis intervention for immediate safety and stabilization of youths, meeting basic care needs such as food, clothing, hygiene, and medical care.
Ongoing efforts will address healthy relationships and permanent connections for social and emotional well-being and seek to reduce barriers to meeting educational and employment needs.
The effort also will support also support those close to youths being also receiving ongoing supports.
The housing community partners are considering locations for the day resource center, hoping to harness a wide community collaboration highlighting client accessibility and leveraging the grant award into a permanent and hub of housing-related services.
For more information, contact: Karen Knox, the YWCA’s interim executive director at kknox@ywcalax.org