La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – Homeowners dealing with the aftermath of flooding have a new resource for help. Couleecap recently announced a program aimed at victims in La Crosse and Monroe counties who may not have the insurance or financial resources to repair the damage.
With assistance from both counties and the state of Wisconsin, the program will provide home repair grants to low to moderate income residents in need.
Utilizing funds from a community development block grant, estimated at $2 million, the program will assist with everything from repairs and restoration all the way to replacing vital items like furnaces and drywall.
It’s all in an effort to bring homes and residents back to the conditions they were in before the disaster.
“Going from sleeping in a motel or sleeping on someone’s couch or a camper, ya know I’m not even sure where some of these folks are staying at this point,” Ashley Lacenski, Community Development Director for Couleecap, elaborates.
“If we can get them back to going to their own home every night, tucking their kids into bed, going to work in the morning, that’s really what this program is about,” Lacenski says.
To qualify for funds, residents must be up to date on property taxes and make less than 80% of the county’s median income. That means under $57,900 for a family of four in La Crosse County and less than $54,250 in Monroe County.
Couleecap can help qualifying residents find a contractor for projects. If they’ve already paid for work they can be reimbursed as long as they have the receipts.
Homeowners within the La Crosse city limits are not eligible for assistance through the program.
Interested residents can contact the Couleecap offices in either Westby or La Crosse to learn more about the application process.
Westby: (608) 634-3104
La Crosse: (608) 782-4877