Funds will support Habitat for Humanity, Couleecap, City of La Crosse.
La Crosse County has awarded $275,000 in grant funding to support a variety of housing projects in the City of La Crosse.
The grants include $50,000 for two homes being constructed by Habitat for Humanity, $50,000 to Couleecap, Inc., for an 80-unit affordable housing project, and $50,000 to the City of La Crosse’s Housing Replacement Program. Funding comes from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. In total, the county has now awarded $895,000 through the Neighborhood Revitalization program in 2023 and still has about $100,000 left to allocate.
“This is a great example of your tax dollars at work to add housing units our county desperately needs,” said Monica Kruse, La Crosse County Board Chair. “At the same time, the funding will grow the tax base that helps pay for our schools and many vital public services.”
The $275,000 in funding was awarded by the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Review Committee last week. It also included $75,000 awarded to Spies Construction for the development of three housing units in La Crosse and $50,000 to support the Chalmers Residences, a 254-unit apartment complex planned for the site of the former downtown La Crosse Tribune building.
Earlier this year, the county awarded an additional $70,000 to Habitat for Humanity for three homes in La Crosse, $100,000 each for multifamily housing projects in Campbell and Rockland, and a further $100,000 to the City of La Crosse Replacement Housing Program. Sam Bachmeier, La Crosse County Community Development Specialist, said the projects funded through the program will have community-wide benefits.
“It’s been great to be able to work with public and private community partners who are working hard on these projects and it will be exciting to watch them come to fruition,” he said.