Salvation Army seeing more women, families and children

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area shelter is seeing more women, children and families come in.

Kelley Bundy who’s the director of social services at the Salvation Army in La Crosse said that’s because people in shelters are often working minimum wage jobs and can’t afford a place to live.

She also said there’s a lack of affordable housing, and some waiting lists are upwards of a year.

As of Tuesday, the Salvation Army has seven families and 15 kids staying in its shelter.

“We haven’t had to turn away a family yet. Hopefully that won’t happen. We’re very creative with our space. We also have a good network of other agencies in the community that we utilize,” said Bundy.

Bundy said there are usually multiple families staying in a room.

There’s also a lack of beds, which means people are sleeping on roll-a-ways, mattresses or in lounge areas.


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