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City publishes draft plan to allocate $518,988 in CDBG Cares Act Funds

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On June 12, 2020, the City of La Crosse’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will substantially amend its PY2019 Action Plan. This is for the purpose of allocating $518,988 of CARES Act Funding that will be received by the City of La Crosse from HUD. The purpose of these funds is to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of coronavirus on individuals families, and businesses, and meet the guidelines of the CDBG program.

Pending Common Council approval on June 11th, the draft plan proposes to use these funds to provide relief grants to small businesses and non-profit child care centers, provide housing for homeless individuals, prevent homelessness, and support emergency shelter, as well as fund a Victory Garden and cover administrative costs.  A copy of the Substantial Amendment that will be submitted to HUD is available on the City’s website at or anyone can call 608-406-4090 to arrange to pick up a copy of the plan at City Hall, 400 La Crosse St. Comments may be emailed to 



Recipient of Funds

Amount: Cares Act

Small Business Relief Grants

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

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


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.


Preventing the spread of Covid-19 amoung unsheltered population

Support for emergency shelter for people expiencing 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

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


Administration and Planning

Staff time to oversee additional funds. Tools to collect citizen input and impelment programs during social distancing. Data collection and planning for Covid-19.

City of La Crosse



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