La Crosse’s Gundersen, Mayo Clinic health systems donate $75,000 each to prevent homelessness

La Crosse’s health care providers are coming together to improve local homelessness efforts.

Gundersen and Mayo Clinic health systems each presented a $75,000 donation to the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness. Most of the money will be used over the next three years to help the Collaborative transition to homeless prevention efforts.

“They’ve been at the table the entire time as we battle veteran homelessness, chronic homelessness, and family homelessness, so this is a wonderful continuation of that partnership and collaboration,” said La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness Project manager Julie McDermid.

The La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness says the biannual ‘Point in Time’ counts show the city’s homeless population is falling, but more than 200 people are still homeless at this time.