City leaders gathered on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the sale of a home in the Powell-Poage-Hamilton neighborhood. The house on 9th Street S. is part of La Crosse’s Replacement Housing Program.
A rundown duplex once stood at 1511 9th Street S.
"The property owner was attempting to make some repairs on the property, but there were just too many orders to correct on there, and it wasn’t feasible for him to complete," said Dawn Reinhart, Neighborhood Housing Development Associate.
Reinhart says the owner asked the City of La Crosse if it would be interested in buying the property for the Replacement Housing Program. It did, and now with the help of the Western Technical College Wood Tech Program, a new house stands in its place.
"We’re really pleased with how the house turned out," said Mayor Tim Kabat. "Again, the work with Western Technical College, they are great craftsmen and women that do this work."
The new homeowner, Danya Day, and her daughter, Khyree, both agree.
"When you think of a dream house, this is perfect," said Day.
Day says that as a single mom, the Replacement Housing Program made buying a new home possible and affordable. However, she says it was another quality about the house that sealed the deal.
"Once I saw the house, and the location as well, I knew that this was what we wanted to do," she said.
Day is the Community Schools Coordinator for the La Crosse School District. She also serves as a co-leader for an organization called Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (BLACK). She says the location will make it easier for her to help others in the community.
"I feel like if you’re going to help your community, you have to be part of your community," Day said. "You need to be aware of what’s going on."
"She works with the families that live in the neighborhood, and we have a lot of families in this neighborhood that need help," said Phil Ostrem, District 9 Council Member. "This is a great day, because this is a special person."
Ostrem says it is rewarding to see the Replacement Housing Program make a difference revitalizing neighborhoods.
"You actually see tangible results of your decisions," said Ostrem. "Something gets built. New families move in."
Reinhart says there are currently five Replacement Housing Program projects happening in La Crosse. One home is currently for sale at 2223 East Avenue S.
For more information about purchasing a home through the Replacement Housing Program or to fill out an application, visit the City of La Crosse website.