Watch: Gov. Evers talks grant programs in La Crosse

YWCA La Crosse gets $1 million grant for REACH Service and Resource Center to address homelessness

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers was in La Crosse Thursday to discuss his administration’s Equitable Recovery Grant program with local recipients, including the YWCA La Crosse, which received a $1 million grant.

Evers was joined by local leaders as he shared the impact of the grants, including the REACH Service and Resource Center the YWCA manages.

The center is a first-of-its-kind collaborative community space that housing providers are operating to address homelessness in the region. The REACH Center, at 212 11th St. S. in La Crosse, opened last fall and also houses the YWCA’s administrative offices.

YWCA executive director Lauren Journot said, “The REACH Center is so important for those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in our community, and this grant will help us provide services to many more individuals and families in our community who are in need of assistance.”

Since opening in October, the REACH Center has served 107 families of two or more people, 178 single individuals and an average of 82 clients monthly. The Equitable Recovery grant will allow YWCA La Crosse to continue the collaborative efforts of the REACH Center through June 2023, help increase its administrative capacity and strengthen core services to ensure sustainability into the future.

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