On June 18, 2020, the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors approved the final installment of the $500,000 commitment to the Coulee Collaborative to End Homelessness.
Julie McDermid, project manager for the Coulee Collaborative to End Homeless presented current outcomes to the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors on June 8, 2020.
196 households, including 206 adults and 271 children have been assisted by the prevention funding with 95% of those completing the program retaining housing. In addition, 396 clients entered homelessness in 2019 compared to 527 in 2017. 421 evictions were filed in 2019 compared with 476 in 2017.
Ninety-four percent of the funding was used towards rent, while the other 6% was used for various other client needs. The average cost of assistance ranged from $1,540 for one person to $3,334 for households of five or more.
The Coulee Collaborative to End Homelessness has leveraged La Crosse County’s investment to gain funding from other organizations to continue the work of ending homelessness. Julie McDermid, Project Manager, noted “We're enormously grateful to the La Crosse County Board for the support of this truly innovative and collaborative project. Their substantial investment and partnership has enabled us to provide not just financial support but also the intensive case management support families need during a housing crisis to become truly stable again.”
The collaborative efforts of La Crosse County and other community organizations have had a significant impact on keeping many of our county residents in their homes, preventing homelessness, loss of employment, adverse mental health effects and trauma in children. They have saved the County significant expenditures for homeless shelters, mental health services, incarceration and social services for children and adults. The good work begun using the $500,000 County grant will continue, using funds leveraged through other agencies and grants, until homelessness is eradicated from our community.