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$9K awarded to shelter, transitional housing programs

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – A state study shows homelessness numbers are on the rise in Wisconsin.

And the survivors of domestic violence are the fastest growing group in homeless residential programs, according to report from the Division of Housing, Department of Administration.

Friday three agencies with transitional housing programs received a $3,000 grant, each, to help families who use the programs and are looking to find their own home.

The Johns, Flaherty, Collins – Michael Stoker Memorial Fund awarded New Horizons Shelter & Outreach Centers, the Salvation Army and the YWCA.

The money will be used for first month's rent and security deposits.

"Often times that is a huge barrier to anybody getting their own place because you need two months rent right up front. That's a big chunk of money," said Heather Quackenboss, program director of the La Crosse Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation said the La Crosse School District has 60 families – that's about 90 children – who are homeless. Many of these families are staying at friends' homes, area shelters, maybe even in their car.

This year the Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants and scholarships. That money is given to non-profits for housing, neighborhoods, arts, diversity, even environmental programs.

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