5th and Mississippi – Construction is Underway
Habitat will construct three highly energy-efficient, safe, and affordable homes for three income-eligible families. This project will redevelop a challenged corner in the Washburn Neighborhood and convert it into a well-designed, mixed-income development. The overall project will replace three blighted rental properties that have a combined tax base of $150,000 and replace them with eight, high-quality owner-occupied homes with a tax base of more than $1.3 million.
The project leverages multiple partnerships and funding sources, including City of La Crosse, Neighborhood Stabilization funding, and La Crosse County Redevelopment funds. These partnerships are key to being able to revitalize a corner that otherwise would remain blighted and forgotten for many years to come.
Groundbreaking for Habitat’s three units will occur in Spring 2017 with completion slated for December of the same year. Couleecap will also develop two units of affordable housing in 2017. The final three units will be market rate, owner-occupied units developed by Roush Rentals. These units will be completed in 2018.
The goal of this development is the tie the design and exterior elevation features together to create a unique, compelling, and appealing “community” of homes in which people passing by would not be able to discern the difference between the affordable and market rate units.
Click here to read the article in the La Crosse Tribune about this project.
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We generally reserve Saturdays for groups and we can accommodate a maximum of 12 people at a time. If you have a larger group or wish to come on a week day, let us know as early as possible and we can try to to arrange it. Sign up soon because our schedule fills up quickly. If your group is interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 608-785-2373 ext. 7003 or e-mail email@example.com.
Requirements for groups are as follows:
- Please identify a group leader. This is the contact person for the group and the person with whom we will communicate.
- All volunteers need to fill out and submit a liability waiver. This is the responsibility of the group leader.
- Habitat for Humanity provides water but lunch should be provided by the group.
The Fine Print
We require that all volunteers sign and submit a Liability Waiver for each house and/or project on which they work. You will NOT be allowed to volunteer without signing a waiver.
- Please download, read and sign the Release and Waiver of Liability 2013 with Emergency Contact (PDF).
- If you are younger than 18, the Release and Waiver of Liability for Minors 2013 (PDF) signed by a parent or legal guardian.
- For groups, please submit the signed waivers one week in advance of your scheduled shift. For individuals, bring the signed waiver with you to the work site. We also have copies available on site.
- Click here for the Habitat Construction Safety Policy (PDF).
What to Expect
- We generally work rain or shine. Dress accordingly; layers work best.
- You must wear closed-toed shoes. No sandals, flip flops, bare feet.
- We’ll have water and cups on site, but you should bring snacks and food.
- We have all the tools and materials so you don’t have to bring anything, unless you’ve been specifically asked to do so. However, if you have a favorite hammer, bring it along! (Make sure your name is on it.)
- You don’t have to have any specific knowledge to volunteer on our worksite. We will train you on whatever you need to know.