February 23, 2024

Plans for reasonably priced housing and addressing homelessness had been unanimously accepted by town of La Crosse’s finance and personnel committee Thursday night.

The plans will go earlier than the complete council for approval March 9. The town is in search of group enter on each plans by March 6.

Every respective plan will make the most of about $1 million in federal grant cash from the Division of Housing and City Growth.

The town plans to make use of the majority of its HOME-American Rescue Plan funding — about 60% or $650,000 — for the event of reasonably priced housing focused towards homeless individuals.

One other 30% of funds can be used for help providers to assist the people keep housed. The final 10% is for use for the administration of this system and funding.

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Rebecca Schwarz

La Crosse Frequent Council member Rebecca Schwarz


“I simply need to take the chance to state how well being centered our group has been on addressing housing and homelessness points in our group,” stated Councilmember Rebecca Schwarz. “There’s nobody technique to clear up this drawback in our group or any group and we’re doing every thing we are able to with each instrument potential to get on the a number of roots that lead individuals to not having a secure, common place to sleep at evening.”

In regard to reasonably priced housing, town will make the most of federal funding from the Group Growth Block Grant program and the HOME program, each part of the Division of Housing and City Growth.

The plan focuses on the event of multi-family reasonably priced housing models, earnings restricted for individuals who make 80% or much less of the county median earnings. There may be additionally a deal with the rehabilitation of houses with extreme housing issues.


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The finance committee additionally accepted utilizing $75,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act to conduct a housing examine for the world.

Diane McGinnis, group growth administrator with town, stated the examine will assist town establish what the individuals of La Crosse want and need in regard to housing. McGinnis doesn’t know when or if town has carried out a examine like this up to now.

“It’s actually essential as we actually are taking a look at this want in our group and the vastness of it and we need to make certain that we’re constructing what the subsequent future generations are going to want,” McGinnis stated. “Do we’d like extra single household (houses)? Do we’d like extra multi-family? Do we’d like one thing the market doesn’t even have in the present day?”

The examine can even assist builders really feel extra assured when proposing concepts as a result of they may know precisely what kind of housing the group wants.

Housing at River Level

Extra housing is coming to La Crosse quickly. The primary housing growth for the River Level District redevelopment acquired approval from the finance committee as properly.

The Driftless Residences and Townhomes, by MSP growth based mostly outdoors of Minneapolis, wants one final approval by the complete council earlier than the mission can begin building.

The residence complicated will embrace 100 models of reasonably priced senior housing and 20 three-bedroom townhomes out there for buy.

Moreover, the plan options 48 models for residents at or under 80% of the county median earnings, 48 models for residents at or under 50% and 24 models for residents at 30% of the county median earnings.

The mission’s price range is $11.7 million, a lot of which is a hodge-podge of public funding. Non-public funding accounts for 32% of the mission’s price range.

Public funding features a tax increment financing mortgage from town that can be paid again with the income generated from the flats. The mission additionally has acquired a Low Revenue Housing Tax Credit score from the Wisconsin Housing and Financial Growth Authority and an acquisition and growth grant of $100,000 from La Crosse county.

Different developments for the River Level District are nonetheless within the planning levels. Julie Emslie, financial growth administrator on the metropolis, stated town has unique rights to negotiation with three different builders.

Solely the MSP Driftless Residences embrace income-restricted reasonably priced housing.

“There isn’t any one technique to clear up this drawback in our group or any group and we’re doing every thing we are able to with each instrument potential to get on the a number of roots that lead individuals to not having a secure, common place to sleep at evening.”

Rebecca Schwarz, metropolis council member

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