La Crosse service providers will provide Maple Grove Motel residents with options to live in when they move

The city will take ownership of the Maple Grove Motel along Mormon Coulee Road on March 31

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – As we first reported on Tuesday evening, La Crosse Common Council unanimously approved a proposal to purchase a south side motel to use as a temporary homeless shelter. .

The city will spend $1.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay for the Maple Grove Motel and other expenses.

The city will take ownership of the motel on March 31.

City leaders say there is no set date when the motel’s current residents must move out.

Mayor Mitch Reynolds says the city is rushing to plan the process. He and other town leaders pledge to find new shelter as they can for the residents of Maple Grove.

“Everyone is absolutely committed to making sure we don’t hurt people who already live in a place,” Reynolds said.

The city will help connect motel residents to service providers and nonprofits, said Brian Sampson, the city’s homeless services coordinator.

“We’re looking at how can we be as helpful as possible in removing if someone doesn’t have a rental history or if there are financial barriers,” Sampson said.

These providers would then give residents options on where they can go.

Couleecap is potentially one such agency.

“There are other partner agencies that we can also help connect with depending on where each person is and what kind of support they need,” Sampson said.

“I think we have a pretty good ability to connect people to the resources they need to find new places to stay,” Reynolds said. “I’m not too worried about it.”

Sampson says everyone might have no trouble finding a new home.

“There won’t be just one place that houses each individual, because each has their own needs,” Sampson said.

Right now, many homeless people are staying at the EconoLodge. But the city’s lease agreement with this hotel expires on April 1.

When the contract expires, some of those staying at the EconoLodge may move to Maple Grove, Reynolds said.

“We didn’t buy it to leave it empty,” Reynolds said.

The city is exploring an expansion with the service provider at the EconoLodge until the Maple Grove motel is ready to accept homeless people, the mayor said. If there is an extension, it would be short-term, he said.

If you are staying at the motel and need assistance, Couleecap’s number is (608)-782-4877.

More information can be found here.

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