La Crosse Promise program brings $2.2 million in value to neighborhoods

Eleven homes built so far

A local program motivating people to help improve struggling La Crosse neighborhoods has brought millions of dollars of value to those communities.

The assessed values of homes built and renovated through the La Crosse Promise program has reached $2.2 million. Eleven homes have been built through the program so far, helping to improve the Washburn and Powell-Poage-Hamilton neighborhoods.

La Crosse Promise encourages potential home owners to build new or significantly renovate an existing home by offering scholarships up to $50,000.

“I think it’s changing the perspective of the neighborhoods from downtrodden to desirable. You have this home that was a condemned property that we saw come down a couple of months ago. Now hammers are pounding, the house is going up, and the house is sold,” said La Crosse Promise Executive Director Brian Liesinger.

The La Crosse Promise program began in 2015 with 30 scholarships available.

You can find out more about the program at the La Crosse Promise website.