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Fair Housing Report lists issues with La Crosse Housing

Fair Housing Report lists issues with La Crosse Housing

LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WKBT) - Affordable housing, high quality housing, and homeowner diversity lead the list of 8 points of improvement of the Fair Housing Report. 

The Report was open to public input Tuesday morning, and is required by the U.S Department of Housing to gage places of improvement for city housing. 

A poll in the report reached out to 900 residents of La Crosse and Monroe County, and revealed that no African American in that sample size was a homeowner. 

"The home ownership rate for african americans is basically zero percent," explained Caroline Gregerson, Community Development Administrator. 

Gregerson also took away that the Wisconsin minimum wage was not enough for someone in La Crosse to live on with current rent prices. 

"A person just to afford a one bedroom or a studio needs to make 11 dollars an hour well that's much higher than what minimum wage jobs pay in our area." 

If you want to have input on the conversation, the group is meeting with the Judiciary Committee on Thursday at 5:15 at city Hall. 

 

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