YWCA La Crosse

Transitional Housing

Serving Wisconsin-La Crosse County and surrounding Counties

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Serving La Crosse, Wisconsin and the surrounding communities, YWCA La Crosse's Transitional Housing Program provides financial assistance for housing and comprehensive housing case management services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The Transitional Housing Program provides adults with or without children with the opportunity to live in their own apartment for up to two years while actively pursuing self-identified and mutually agreed upon goals. Program participants work closely with a case manager on a weekly basis and attend bi-weekly support groups with other clients in the program. Transitional Housing Support Groups offer participants opportunities for educational and enriching experiences while promoting positive peer support, collective sharing, and an increased sense of community.

YWCA La Crosse's Transitional Housing Program Empowers Women to:

  • Obtain and remain in permanent housing
  • Increase their job training skills and/or income
  • Achieve greater self-determination and self-sufficiency

Who is Eligible? (must meet all of the below requirements)

  • Adults 18 years of age
  • Children must be under the age of 18
  • Must be homeless as defined by HUD
  • Individuals who are committed to improving their living situation, income and/or skills, and achieving greater self-determination.

Who is considered homeless? (As defined by the United States Code (Title 42, Chapter 119, 1)) For purposes of this chapter, the term "homeless" or "homeless individual or homeless person" includes:

  1. An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
  2. An individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is:
  • a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
  • an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
  • a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

The HEARTH Act expands the definition of "homeless", "homeless individual", and "homeless person." The definition of "homeless" now includes:

(1) people who resided in a shelter or place not meant for human habitation and who are exiting an institution where he or she temporarily resided;

(2) people who are losing their housing in 14 days and lack support networks or resources to obtain housing,

(3) people who have moved from place to place and are likely to continue to do so because of disability or other barriers, and

(4) people who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For more information, contact Melanie Hamel, YWCA La Crosse Housing Director, at (608) 781-2783, ext. 221.


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