The Community Development and Housing programs help revitalize the City’s neighborhoods, address income inequality in the City, and improve the quality of the City’s housing. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) staff also manages a number of federal programs including the Housing Rehabilitation Program, the Replacement Housing Program, and the Commercial Rehabilitation Program. Learn about our 2020-2024 Consolidate Plan Process.

If you have questions please contact the Planning Department at (608) 789-7512.

File a complaint relating to the city's fair housing ordinance.


Channel 8 

City of La Crosse announces grants for child care businesses, homelessness - June 12, 2020

City of La Crosse drafting $518K CDBG CARES Act funding plan - May 18, 2020

La Crosse small businesses receiving over $366,000 in relief grants - May 8, 2020

La Crosse to receive over $500,000 from federal Community Development Block Grant - March 31, 2020

La Crosse Mayor asking residents to take Community-Wide Needs Survey - October 15, 2020

Channel 19

The City of La Crosse lends a hand to its small business owners - April 13, 2020

City of La Crosse sets up resource page - April 3, 2020

La Crosse gets $518K in federal COVID-19 funding - March 31, 2020 

City offering grants, loans to businesses hurt by pandemic - March 20, 2020

Hamilton Elementary School’s vision comes to life - March 10, 2020

La Crosse Tribune 

La Crosse launches grant program for homeless services and childcare centers - June 11, 2020

La Crosse officials aim to use federal COVID-19 funding for homeless community, child care - May 14, 2020

City launches webpage to help La Crosse residents find help during pandemic - April 4, 2020

Gundersen to donate $1.2 million to Hamilton expansion; project unanimously approved by La Crosse school board - March 11, 2020

La Crosse to receive $300,000 grant for lead-based paint removal in area homes - February 13, 2020 

Call for Applications for 2020 Community Development/HOME Funds

Post Date:12/13/2019

Greetings: The 2020 City of La Crosse Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application is now available and due on January 16, 2020. Please read all application information found carefully. This is for applicants who are housing, public infrastructure, and economic development projects only. The grant period for these funds is April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021. There is a total of $347,826 in funds available. Only projects that meet one of the following objectives may apply:


1. Repair aging housing infrastructure, both rental and owner-occupied. 

2. Increase the number of quality, affordable owner-occupied homes in distressed neighborhoods (PPH, Washburn, Lower Northside Neighborhoods)

3. Improve public infrastructure to enhance the livability and attractiveness of Neighborhood Strategy Areas (priority Hamilton Elementary School). 

4. Expand access to licensed child care or early learning opportunities for LMI persons. 

5. Support businesses that create economic opportunities in LMI neighborhoods, with an emphasis on food access. 

6. Homeless families or chronically homeless obtain and sustain long-term housing. (Please note: CDBG funds are not eligible to support rental assistance payments to tenants. All HOME funds have been allocated to previously selected projects.). 


A pre-application which must be completed and approved by City Staff first. The pre-application must be completed by January 7th but applicants are highly encouraged to complete the pre-application as soon as possible so they can begin their application. Applicants who do not complete the pre-application or who are deemed not eligible to apply will not be able to submit a CDBG application. All applicants are required to have a pre-application meeting with Caroline Gregerson. Please contact her: 


The application process is online and can be accessed here.  Please use your organization’s existing username and password if you have one.

Other policies

  • Funding for new homeowner housing must have a second mortgage component upon which a portion of the funds is returned to the City upon re-sale of the property.
  • All housing projects must be prepared to follow HOME and CDBG regulations and accept a minimum 10 year affordability period.
  • There is an additional $300,000 loan set-side for a mixed-income multi-family project that will be applying in for January 2020 tax credits. Units must be set-aside for individuals transitioning out of homelessness and market-rate units. This loan has the following terms: 2% annual interest, principal deferred. 


Click here to see a full schedule of the application process.


Questions? Contact Caroline Gregerson 

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