La Crosse Community Development Committee approves 2022-23 Action Plan for housing

Plan features $1.23 million in awards and grants
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LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The La Crosse Community Development Committee approved the city’s 2022-23 Action Plan for federal housing initiatives, along with roughly $1.23 million in awards and grants.

The resolution, approved during a special committee meeting Tuesday, is based on the city’s reception of an anticipated $898,644 from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program and the anticipated funding of $303,090 in the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Entitlement Programs.

The Action Plan stipulates boosting child care, with a special focus to do so to help parents maintain their jobs and be productive at work.

Among other things, the plan designates $300,961 for the city for replacement housing through the CBDG and HOME, $160,464 to the city’s multi-family affordable housing revolving loan and $45,464 set aside for the HOME programs through the Community Housing Development Organization.

It makes $350,000 available to support small businesses, at grant amounts to be determined. Broken down, the support stipulates $250,000 to expand access to licensed child care or early learning opportunities in low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods and $100,000 to support businesses that create economic opportunities in LMI neighborhoods.

Awards to nonprofit public services include $25,000 each to Couleecap’s Homeless Supportive Housing, the La Crosse County Hintgen-Huber Collaborative, Boys & Girls Club After-School Services and New Horizons Shelter.

Other nonprofit awards include $20,000 each to the La Crosse Warming Center and the Kane Street Community Garden, $18,000 to the YWCA La Crosse-Ruth House, $17,000 for the Marine Credit Union’s program for Increasing Homeownership Diversity with Finding HOME and $15,000 to the Family & Children’s Center Family Advocacy for Victims of Child abuse.

Goals the Acton Plan lists include:
• Increase safety and maintenance of homes through code enforcement. The action would seek to ensure than 1,000 housing units are better maintained, improved or no longer have illegal activity
• Repair aging housing infrastructure, aiming to rehab 15 units and improve eight units to pass lead safety standards.
• Increase quality and affordable owner-occupied homes in target neighborhoods, including adding two energy-efficient units.
• Build mixed-income, affordable, multi-family housing, with some units set aside for homeless individuals. The goal would include building or rehabbing 25 units of rental housing, adding four long-term units for people trying to transition out of homelessness.
• Support businesses that create economic opportunities in LMI neighborhoods, with a view toward providing technical assistance to 75 businesses and creating 20 jobs.
• Expand access to licensed child care or early learning opportunities for LMI individuals, creating or regaining 15 spots for licensed child care.
• Prevent and end homelessness, including providing overnight shelter for 600 people, helping 100 people obtain permanent housing and assisting 75 households so they can avoid becoming homeless.
• Alleviate poverty and increase self-reliance, focusing on mental health, substance abuse, health care, domestic violence and youth services, with a target of helping 1,600 LMI individuals.

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