Welcome Home Veterans
$5 Million in Unused Energy Funds to be Used to Help Homeless Veterans
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A mild winter is paying off for homeless veterans in Wisconsin.
There was money leftover in a fund that is normally used to help the poor pay their energy bills. As a result, 5-million-dollars is available to create a new program called the Welcome Home Veterans Initiative. It was announced today at the Waterfront in La Crosse.
The money will help homeless veterans throughout the state find housing.
Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch said, ” What it will do is go to pay for first months rent, or security deposits or utility bills for veterans who are currently experiencing homelessness in order to combat that, in order to end that. And hopefully, in order to change the lives of those who protected ours. “
Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch also pointed out that the reason they made today’s announcement at the Waterfront Restaurant is because its owner, La Crosse businessman Don Weber was himself a homeless veteran at one point, and is a great example of what veterans can do when given an opportunity.