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CDBG Cares Act Grant Application Now Open 

The City of La Crosse has recently released a grant application for child care businesses and after-school programs affected by Covid-19. The application is also for previously funded CDBG recipients to address homelessness. Click here to learn more and apply. The deadline to apply is July 2, 2020. 

CDBG Cares Act Funds




Recipient of Funds

Amount: Cares Act

Small Business Relief Grants

Small grants to businesses affected by Covid-19 and staff costs to administer program.

Staff manage program, with policies and procedures, with oversight from Economic Development Commission. 100 business has been identified.

$174,000 (in addition to $150,000 previously allocated)

Child Care and After-School /Summer Program Grant Relief

Small grants to non-profit organizations that provide child care or after-school programming and have been affected by Covid-19. These funds would go towards ensuring they can re-open operate safely (cleaning costs, increased operating costs due to limited class sizes). Cover losses during epidemic.

City of Staff manage program with policies and procedures, with oversight from Community Development Commission. Anticipate multiple awards to non-profit organizations. Approval of policies and procedures at June CDC meeting.



Housing for the Homeless and Emergency Payments to Prevent Homelessness



Case management and operations to support permanently housing homeless individuals or families, vulnerable to Covid-19. Shelter is a high risk location and permanent housing is the best solution. Fund emergency payments (rent or mortgage) for families at-risk of homelessness as a result of Covid-19 (3-months).

City to release a specific Request for Proposals to agencies that are licensed users of the Homeless Management Information system. For example: Catholic Charities, Couleecap, Independent Living Resources, Salvation Army, YWCA, La Crosse Area Family Collaborative, CCEH. City staff may directly administer rent/mortgage payments.

$190,000 (in addition to $50,000 previously allocated)

Preventing the spread of Covid-19 among unsheltered population

Support for emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness (and are health) and/or to quarantine/isolate individuals who are homeless and tested positive for Covid-19.

La Crosse County Public Health Department or designated partner agency such as Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army


Victory Garden- Kane Street Garden

Expansion of Kane Street Garden to support Victory Garden Efforts. Other Victory Gardens in LMI neighborhoods or CDBG eligible. 

City of La Crosse, on behalf of Kane Street Garden and Victory Garden Initiative


Administration and Planning

Staff time to oversee additional funds. Marketing and promotion of Covid-19 resources to LMI persons. 

City of La Crosse


Total: $518,988

You can also reference the following documents for more information:

5-20 Action to Substantially Amend 2019 Action Plan

CDBG Cares Act Resolution

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Dear City of La Crosse Residents,

We hope you will take time to learn more about our plans for our CDBG/HOME Program. This program continues to be critical for the City and its residents. This year, the City will continue to revitalize La Crosse’s Neighborhoods, help struggling families gain greater self-sufficiency, and create economic and housing opportunities for its residents. For every $1 spent in CDBG and HOME resources, the City and its partners will leverage an additional $4 in other sources of funding.


Caroline Gregerson
(608) 789-7393


Your comments on addressing Covid-19 

We want your opinion and feedback! The City of La Crosse anticipates receiving $518,988 in funding for CDBG to address the impact of Covid-19. We are currently accepting comments on the community's needs in the box below. 

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Community Development and Housing

Fair Housing Assessment

The City has completed a Fair Housing Assessment. Please click here to learn more.

If you have questions specifically relating to the CDBG application or funding, please contact Caroline Gregerson at or 608-789-7393.