Local organizations push back after signs discourage homeless people in La Crosse’s downtown

La Crosse Police say enforcement action was taken against the individual responsible

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) –  Local organizations are pushing back after signs were posted in downtown La Crosse that discouraged homeless people from entering.

A sign was posted on the La Crosse Public Library’s main branch, as well as other locations.

The sign said ‘No homeless people allowed’ and that they were told to relocate to the Village Shopping Center, which was incorrectly referenced as being on La Crosse’s north side.

The posting was signed ‘LaCrosse Watch Force’.

Library officials say they are ready to welcome all community members.

“It’s really sort of this democratic cross section of our society. So that idea that some people wouldn’t be welcome because of their economic situation or if their facing issues of homelessness or periodic homelessness, we object to that,” said Barry McKnight, La Crosse Public Libary Programming and Community Engagement Coordinator.

A statement from the La Crosse Police Department said in part “Many of these signs were on the front of downtown businesses, utility poles and our local Salvation Army. This message was posted by an individual who is not affiliated with any of these businesses or organizations. After an investigation by the La Crosse Police enforcement action was taken against the individual responsible. We as a police agency will continue to work cooperatively with stakeholders to assist those who remain unsheltered in our community.”