The City of La Crosse Housing Authority has temporarily halted evictions for non-payment of rent and violations related to COVID-19The Health and Safety of residents, employees, and the community remains of high priority. Illegal or behavior that affects the Health and Safety of others will continue to be acted on as normal policy. They recommend any residents experiencing income loss to please contact the Housing Authority office as soon as possible.
Renters are safer from evictions. Under a order from the Governor, evictions and foreclosures have been halted for 60 days. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for any reason unless failure to proceed with the eviction will result in an imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person and mortgagees from commencing civil action to foreclose on real estate for 60 days. There is nothing in place that suspends the contractual obligations of renters to pay their rent however. In these unprecedented times, Mayor Tim Kabat is asking landlords to take a compassionate and reasonable approach to landlord-tenant disputes. If you are experiencing a foreclosure or other issues, please contact Legal Action of Wisconsin 1-855-947-2925. More information here.
You can also find other national and local housing resources at findhelp.org.
Homeowners with loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are also protected from foreclosure proceedings. La Crosse residents are encouraged to contact their bank to discuss the possibility of delaying their monthly mortgage payment for a temporary period.
If you are at risk of becoming homeless, due to COVID-19, please call 608-787-1111 (Independent Living Resources). You can also contact Catholic Charities, the La Crosse Area Family Collaborative, or Salvation Army and be enrolled. Couleecap is also offering emergency assistance:
Xcel Energy will not be disconnecting service to any business or residential customer, be assessing late fees, until further notice. If customers are having difficulty paying their bills, they can contact Xcel and they will arrange for a payment plan. https://www.xcelenergy.com/covid-19_response
Property taxes will have to be mailed or paid online. There is an effort underway to ask the State Legislature for property taxes to be delayed, however this authority is with the State Legislature. The City of La Crosse does not have the authority to allow property taxes to be delayed.
Food and Basic Needs Support
Meals for Families
The La Crosse School District, along with the Boys & Girls Clubs La Crosse will be providing food for their students and families. For a list of routes and times, click here.
A collaboration between The Hunger Task Force and the La Crosse School District has formed a drive up fresh produce and dairy pick-up location. Volunteers will hand off a bag of food directly to those who pull up in cars (please stay in your car) and walk ups are welcome.
WHERE: parking lot of Logan High School parking lot by the stadium 1500 Ranger Dr.
WHEN: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11am - 1pm starting March 30th
Home-Delivered Meals for Seniors.
WAFER has a Senior Share Program that can deliver pre-prepared packages to Low-Income Seniors 60 years and older. To enroll, please call (608) 782-6003 or https://waferlacrosse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-Senior-Share-Application-Form.pdf. WAFER continues to operate its Food Share Program and Mobile Food Pantry, which offer free and healthy meals to families in need. If you are quarantined, you can have someone else pick up your FoodShare on your behalf. Please call or visit their website.
La Crosse County Aging and Disability Resource Center offers hot, prepared meals for Seniors, that are delivered to their homes. There are eligibility guidelines for the meals as well as a donation or fee based expense. Call 608-785-7500.
Catholic Charities will be taking phone calls for those who need assistance to meet basic needs (clothing, food, supplies). Please contact: Toni 608-519-8014 or Nick 608-519-8041.
Couleecap has launched the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program. The program will provide limited financial assistance for critical expenses, emergency budgeting help, and referrals to programs available to people in need. A simple, online application process will determine recent unemployment, income eligibility, and critical needs of the household so appropriate assistance can be determined. Program participants will also receive information on emergency and unemployment budgeting, including tips for reducing or eliminating expenses during a crisis. Go to: www.Couleecap.org or call Sara at 608-632-6512.
The La Crosse Area Family Collaborative is assisting families with young children in certain La Crosse neighborhoods in need due to Covid-19 by phone. They can help them with housing and basic needs. Click here for more information.
A Victory Garden Program is currently being developed by the City Planning and Development Department. Please contact Jason Gilman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
People's Food Coop has reduced store hours 8am-8pm; closed the bulk department, hot bar, and salad bar; offering hot meal options and soup at the deli counter; closed self-service bakery case is closed; baked goods will be available at the deli counter; self-service hot beverages (coffee and tea) will be available at the deli counter; no outside containers allowed (reusable shopping bags, refillable mugs, containers, and water jugs)
Festival Foods has reduced store hours 5am-9 pm, with first two hours reserved for seniors; suspended service in areas, like meat and bakery; product limitations; availability of online shopping and delivery
Need more food resources or help meeting your basic needs or the needs of a friend or family member? Dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255 or text you zip code to 898211 to get connected to an information specialist who can help you with basic needs in La Crosse and the Coulee region.
For more local food retailers and non-profit organizations that provide food resources, click here.
If you would like to speak with someone about your employment needs, dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255 to speak with a referral specialist at Great Rivers 2-1-1; text your zip code to 898211.
Unemployment Benefits: If you find yourself unemployed due to COVID-19, please file for unemployment benefits here: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/.
Frequently Asked Questions about unemployment benefits and COVID-19 can be found here: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm.
Couleecap is launching the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program for low-to-moderate wage workers whose employment has been ended or reduced due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. They will provide limited financial assistance for critical expenses, emergency budgeting help, and referrals to programs available to people in need. Complete an application online at Couleecap.org
Worried about managing your finances in these tough times or making payments on loans? Check out this great resource guide by University of Wisconsin Extension https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/ or contact Consumer Credit Counseling Services of La Crosse by phone 1 (608) 784-8380 and they can provide free, personalized financial help.
Are you stressed out at home with your children and need to talk to someone? Please call a Parent Educator at the Parenting Place from 10am-4pm 608-784-8215. They are available to talk to you and coach you through issues like stress and children’s behavior.
The Parenting Place is offering weekly connections for parents through a weekly Zoom meeting. Check out their Facebook page for that and frequent updates and resources for parents at home with their children during these difficult times.
Child care is being made available to healthcare workers and those providing essential services during the Covid-19 epidemic. Contact the La Crosse YMCA https://www.laxymca.org/covid19/ or the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. https://childcarefinder.wisconsin.gov/EmergencyRequest.aspx. If you have more questions or want to volunteer to provide child care, please go here: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare.
An additional resource for parents is Great Rivers 2-1-1, available 24 hours a day. Dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255 to reach a 211 specialist who you can talk with about parenting questions and concerns.
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are taking prayer requests by phone or by text. 608 - 782 - 5610 x 151 Text: 608 - 308 - 1849 https//w.w.w.fspa.org/prayer-request.php
Family and Children’s Center offers outpatient counseling services and accepts most insurance plans. Contact: (608) 788-6322 or email@example.com.
The Integrated Support and Recovery Services section is continuing to provide 24/7 mental health mobile crisis response to our community. Anyone can call 608-784-HELP (4357) to access this service.
Northwestern University has shared "Strategies for Coping with Isolation and Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic”. You can read the full article here: https://counseling.northwestern.edu/blog/coping-isolation-loneliness-coronavirus-pandemic/.
Coulee Recovery Center is there to support people who are struggling with the urge to drink or take drugs. If you want to speak with a recovery coach/peer specialist, call 608-784-4177, leave your name and number and someone will get back to you. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
For additional resources, contact GREAT Rivers 2-1-1. They offer free, confidential community information and referrals 24 hours/day. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to an information specialist. They also offer a Crisis Hotline 24/7. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to a crisis specialist.
To speak with someone about your transportation needs, dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255 or text your zip code to 898211 to get connected with a specialist who can help you.
The Municipal Transit Utility (MTU) is running with reduced hours (running hourly). Please click here for more information. MTU continues to offer ADA transit services, with on-demand response, for people with a disability. (608) 789-7350, with the same hours as the regular bus schedule.
Onalaska/Holmen/West Salem Transit is operating with only one rider at a time. To request a ride call: 608-784-0000 http://runninginc.net/onalaska-holmen-westsalem-transit/.
La Crosse County Minibus continues to offer transportation services to Seniors over the age of 60 and with a disability, through a contracted provider, Abby Vans. Please call 608-785-5700 to set up a service
S.M.R.T Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit is operating with the same schedule, please check here for the schedule. Questions about the routes, please call toll free: 1-877-444-6543
Uber is temporarily suspending the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID‑19; providing drivers with disinfectants to help them keep their cars clean; drivers diagnosed with COVID‑19 or asked to self‑isolate by a public health authority will receive financial assistance for up to 14 days while their account is on hold.
Lyft is distributing hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies, at no cost to them; temporarily paused shared rides across all of our markets to help slow the spread of COVID-19; CDC recommends to keep windows open when possible, increase ventilation, and regularly disinfect surfaces.
For a list of regional tax services, intercity transportation options, and other transportation options, please click here.
FOOD RELATED TRANSPORTATION
Instacart is a service for grocery shopping and delivery service with selected stores.
Grub Hub is a service for food delivery and takeout from restaurants and is waiving fees for independent restaurants impacted by COVID-19and launching a Community Relief Fund. Uber Eats is also a similar service, with an app you can download. They are offering the option to leave a note with Uber Eats app to ask your delivery person to leave your food at the door; they waived delivery fees on all Uber Eats orders from independent restaurants. Other similar food-delivery services are Eat Street and Door Dash.
The City of La Crosse Planning and Development Department is offering grants to small businesses of up to $25,000 to help businesses during Covid-19. The purpose of the grants is to keep businesses open and prevent layoffs. See SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT for more information.
Alice: Business For All Grant
Business for All is a national movement to lift up 100,000 small business owners to receive funding and mentorship. By completing the application below, you’re eligible to receive up to $50,000 in grant funding.
U.S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Loan Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans. Under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, businesses may qualify for up to $2 million in loans to cover losses resulting from the pandemic. The interest rate on the loans is 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Participants may be able to extend payments for up to 30 years.
HWCC Emergency Loan Fund (COVID-19)
The Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (HWCC) has announced a new Emergency Loan Fund (COVID-19) in response to the negative impact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the Wisconsin business community. Loans from $5,000 up to $10,000.
Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following:
● Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the US will be eligible for a Kiva loan.
● Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
● Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.
$100 million program will provide grants, available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries.
JPMorgan Chase announced a $50 million global philanthropic commitment to address the immediate public health and long-term economic challenges from the COVID-19 global pandemic. $8 million to assist small businesses vulnerable to significant economic hardships in the U.S., China and Europe.
Main Street America has many ideas and resources for downtown businesses.
WEDC’s Small Business 2020
The program provides funds to Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to make grants to existing loan clients to mitigate short-term cash flow issues and protect jobs and public health in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Forbes Small Business Relief Tracker
A list of relief efforts for small businesses.
La Crosse Area Emergency Response Fund
Hosted by La Crosse Community Foundation and supported by Great Rivers United Way, this fund will provide flexible and rapid resources to charitable organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak and its related preventative measures. The fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak and subsequent closures as efficiently as possible.
Paycheck Protection Program
Under the federal CARES act, non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for forgivable loans to cover payroll costs. The loans include deferrals and loan forgiveness to cover the cost of payroll. A fact sheet on the program is available here and a summary of the program is also found here.
Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Follows the strategies and measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health departments at https://www.coronavirus.gov. The CDC, the WHO, and the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail.
“The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and been exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.” -WHO
“In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.” - CDC
Temporarily suspending signature required for most deliveries in the U.S. to extend our safety precautions at the point of delivery; regularly disinfecting the equipment used to sign deliveries. Reinforcing team member education and hygiene with regular communications and reminders.
Maintaining delivery services except where limited by government restrictions. Signature Required guidelines are temporarily being adjusted such that consignees will no longer need to sign for UPS Signature Required deliveries. Many pickup and drop off locations are still operating. Some businesses that serve as UPS Access Point® locations are closing or adjusting their operations due to the coronavirus.
For more information on staying safe while you take transportation or receive food deliveries, please see “Transportation” (link here).
Beer by Bike Brigade - child care connection
La Crosse County Health Re: Playgrounds - “At this time we are recommending playgrounds be avoided. Playground equipment or other objects could be contaminated and it can be difficult to practice social distancing. Try taking a walk, riding your bike, or playing outside in your yard.”
La Crosse County Landfill - will not be open on the first and third Saturdays in April. Below is a summary of our service adjustments, if you do not have a copy of the previous letter.
- The following Solid Waste services will remain operational with the exception of Saturday hours in April.
- Public solid waste drop-off site
- Diverted waste drop-off site, including brush, yard waste, shingles, tires, clean fill, clean concrete, clean asphalt, mattresses/box springs, microwaves, and freon items
- Municipal solid waste and construction/demolition
- Special waste including asbestos
- The following Solid Waste services will remain closed. Please utilize telephone or email as primary options to contact the facility, as staff will be available to answer questions.
- Household Hazardous Materials, including access to the reuse room
- Landfill Office Walk-ins
- Landfill hours will be adjusted on April 1st, 2020 – facility will open at 6:30 AM and will close at 4:30 PM (with no Saturday hours)
To volunteer, go www.ugetconnected.org ,to specifically connect those who need extra hands right now in an acceptable socially distant manner, with those who have the time and energy to give. It’s sponsored by the Great Rivers United Way and local educational institutions. Non-profit organizations are also encouraged to submit there needs here.
To help your neighbors, or to get involved in your neighborhood, please call or visit online, La Crosse Neighborhoods, Inc.: 608-571-LCNI, lacrosseneighborhoods.org.
Take 10 MINUTES and BE COUNTED Today (LINK TO https://my2020census.gov/)
COVID-19 has not hindered the U.S. Census Bureau’s ability to launch the 2020 Census. In fact, the 2020 Census is well underway.
City of La Crosse Residents!! Starting March 12, 2020, every household in the U.S. began to receive the U.S. Census Bureau’s invitation letter to participate in the 2020 Census with specific instructions on how to be counted. Please self-respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Not only is it easy but your participation in being counted can impact representation and funding for our local schools, healthcare services, roads and highways, food assistance programs, disaster relief services, and other community resources for the next 10 years!
10 minutes can shape 10 years, "Shape your future. Start here:" (Link to https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html)