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REACH Services Center opens its doors as a centralized resource for community members struggling to maintain housing

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The YWCA opened the REACH Service and Resource Center to provide multiple services for unsheltered population in one place on Thursday.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The YWCA opened the REACH Service and Resource Center to provide multiple services for unsheltered population in one place on Thursday.

The center is across the street from the YMCA and YWCA in La Crosse at 212 11th St South. Mayo Clinic Health System used to operate out of the building.

Though the YWCA secured $1.4 million in grant funding for the new facility, it is a collaborative effort with Catholic Charities, Couleecap, Independent Living Resources and the Salvation Army.

YWCA La Crosse Executive Director Lauren Journot said their mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote social justice for all in the the Coulee Region.

The Reach Center is a hub for those struggling to keep or find housing.

With dozens of people taking up residence in Houska Park, people will need to move indoors when the weather gets cold. 

Journot said there is a lot of confusion as to whether Couleecap or the Salvation Army is the right place for people to go. If all resources are in one building, it's easier to connect folks.

"Or in some cases for our families and individuals in the community who are currently housed it can cause them to lose their housing because the process of going to different places takes so long," she said. "So this is a real attempt at keeping folks in their housing situations and getting folks into housing quicker."

Journot said since day one, the REACH Services Center has already helped connect people to long term housing.

It's services are available for people in La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon and Houston County.

For more information email info@ywcalas.org/ or call 608-781-2783