Salvation Army expects to run out of funding for hotel vouchers in three months

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The Salvation Army will not be able to provide hotel rooms for homeless families when their funding expires in three months.

The program began as a way to make more quarantine space available in the Salvation Army building in La Crosse County. Then, if someone tests positive for COVID-19, they can safely prevent an outbreak.

As positive cases have declined, La Crosse County Social Services cannot provide the very specific funding needed to continue the pandemic relief effort.

La Crosse County Salvation Army director of social services Krista Coey said they would be out of cash in three months.

If the money runs out, families living at the EconoLodge will have to return to the Salvation Army building. Coey said they were already near maximum capacity and would like to continue this program because it works better for families.

“The more families I can keep in hotels and use hotel vouchers… the more singles I can serve within the shelter,” Coey said. “This essentially allows us to almost double the number of our shelters by having a split site. And it’s also essential because we see there is a need to increase the number of shelters.”

The more space available, the less families and individuals will need to live outdoors in places like Houska Park.

Coey has asked anyone who can help or donate to contact the La Crosse County Salvation Army at 608-782-6126 or online.

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