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Couleecap’s New Hope Permanent Housing Program is losing its funding

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The title explains it all, Couleecap’s New Hope Permanent Housing Program is losing their funding. The program will now come to a halt this summer, affecting housing insecure individuals. This cut impacts 19 households with 35 people who were in the process of transitioning into stable housing.

Couleecap staff said their biggest fear is that they won’t be able to move a handful of people into housing. To date, the staff said they are working on a game plan to find their client’s other affordable housing.  Couleecap is starting a fundraising effort; they are trying to raise money to extend their cut-off, giving Couleecap extra time to transition people into stable housing.

“It is not a message we that want to send to our clients, obviously some people have been in this program for a really long time and so the message is difficult to the people we serve, that is why are hopeful, to reach out to the community and ask for their support,” said Kim Cable, Housing & Community Services Director for Couleecap.

While the majority of the funding is from the federal government, Couleecap must match the more than $275,000 grant at 25 percent each year. So far, the organization has met that match for all 22 years the New Hope Program has existed.

To learn more about the program and to make a donation, visit here.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multi-media journalist.

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