RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW LA CROSSE REGIONAL HOUSING STUDY
City-led Analysis Will Guide Progress Toward Equal Housing Opportunity
The City of La Crosse, together with its partners (La Crosse and Monroe Counties, La Crosse County Housing Authority, the City of La Crosse Public Housing Authority, the Tomah Housing Authority, and the Monroe County Housing Authority) has prepared a draft fair housing study known as an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. This study discusses patterns of race, housing, and poverty; access to opportunity; and housing needs in the region. It also outlines strategies the City and its partners may take to improve housing choices for their residents. The study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a result of the Community Development Block Grant funds that the City of La Crosse receives.
The fair housing report will be available for public review and comment from April 1 to May 15, 2019. The document may be downloaded from the City’s website (http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/fairhousingstudy ). Public Hearings will be held at which the City will present information on the report and receive comments from the public regarding the draft. The Hearings will be held this Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room and Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. at the Special Meeting of the Judiciary and Administration Committee meeting in the Council Chambers at La Crosse City Hall, 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.
Some of the key findings of the plan are as follows:
- Affordable housing continues to be a major issue in the region, disproportionately affecting people with disabilities and people of color. A regional approach to housing is needed.
- The lack of public transportation inhibits some residents to be able to move to certain areas of the county.
- Poor rental housing conditions limit access to quality housing.
- Accessible housing for people with disabilities is in short supply.
- The City of La Crosse Housing Authority is rebuilding public trust.
- Racial disparities exist in access to homeownership.
- The City of La Crosse Human Rights Commission continues to clarify its fair housing role.
- There is a need for coordinated fair housing education and enforcement.
Caroline Gregerson, Community Development Administrator and the study’s consultants will be available for interviews in advance of the public hearing on April 9, 2019 at 10 AM.
More information about the fair housing study is available on the City’s website at http://www.cityoflacrosse.org/fairhousingstudy.