One of the biggest barriers to ending homelessness is finding afordable housing.  If a family never becomes homeless, the family members never face the stress and disruption that comes with instability and multiple moves.

The Change program helps people remain in their homes and avoid eviction and homelessness. Funding comes from the Otto Bremer Foundation, the La Crosse Community Foundation and other private donations.

Qualified families meet with a social worker and address the circumstances that have led to a housing crisis.   The social worker will meet with families, will negotiate with landlords and refer families to other, relevant community services.

A limited amount of financial assistance is also available on a case by case basis.

The program requires a minimum commitment of 90 days. Qualified families may be self-referred or referred by a treatment professional (social worker, case worker, therapist, etc.).

Here are some of the services offered:

  • Landlord Intervention
  • Creation of personal case plans to promote self-sufficiency
  • Financial Counseling/Budgeting Assistance
  • Employment Resources
  • Transportation Resources
  • Child Care Providers
  • Agency Referrals and Collaboration
  • Client follow-up

If you think you may be eligible for this program, or if you would like to know more about how your donor dollars can help, call the Salvation Army of La Crosse at 608-782-6126.