The Live By is a place for people in recovery. Individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues are provided a safe and sober living environment while on the path to full independence. Individuals pay rent and are provided a room to themselves with shared common areas such as the kitchen and living room to socialize with other tenants. Tenants have the opportunity to gain positive rental history for future housing, and an average stay at the Live By is typically 12-18 months. This is determined on a case-to-case basis and dependent upon individual’s progress. The Live By is a stepping stone for individuals to achieve housing of their own with the confidence that they can live independently once they’ve acquired the proper skills to do so.

Staff are available Monday through Friday to help individuals navigate all aspects of life that can contribute to successfully living independently. This can include money management, social networking, accessing community resources, obtaining employment, exploring recreation and leisure, daily household tasks, and many more daily living skills. Staff understands relapses will happen and are available for support and guidance during difficult times. Staff is also available for support and guidance towards individual’s goals and recovery plan.

For more information please contact Olivia Lee (CCS Coordinator) at 608.519.8036 or You may also complete our referral form by clicking the link on the left.

Second Live By Home Opened November 1, 2018
The second Live By home is coming along nicely, and it’s starting to look like home! With the Holiday season approaching we thought it would be a good idea to ask if anyone is interested in donating some Christmas decorations. Especially a Christmas tree for the house!

In addition we could still use:

  • Twin Size Mattress
  • Bookshelf
  • DVD Player
  • DVDs, Board Games, Puzzles, etc.
  • Alarm Clock(s)
  • Small Tables/End Tables
  • Office Chairs (2)
  • Clothing Hangers (preferably not wire)


M - It has helped me to feel not so alone. Before the Live By I had to sleep in my truck.  It has helped me get in out of the cold and in to somewhere safe!

E - It is definitely a good, warm place to come back to and I feel safe and secure here.  The basement I used to sleep in was always so cold.

Alexis, a house coordinator - The Live By gives people in recovery the opportunity to work on the skills they need to acquire for an independent living situation.  Sometimes people just need a little push in the right direction and a caring and compassionate person to help them move on to that next level of their life. 

Live By Program Gives La Crosse Area People in Recovery Stepping Stone to Independence