rapid rehousing program

Rapid re-housing is a Housing First approach that is a critical part of a community’s effective homeless crisis response system. Rapid re -housing connects families and individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing through a tailored package of assistance that may include the use of time-limited assistance and targeted supportive services. Rapid Rehousing programs help families and individuals living on the street or in emergency shelters obtain permanent housing, reduce the amount of time they experience homelessness, and links them to community resources, contributing to long term stability. Rapid re-housing is an important component of a community’s response to homelessness.

what is the rapid rehousing program?

Individuals or families who meet income criteria and lack a stable and adequate nighttime residence, such as:

who is eligible for rapid rehousing?

1.  An individual or family with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place, such as: a vehicle, a park, an abandoned building, bus or train station, airport or camping ground;

2. An individual or family living in a supervised publicly or privately operated temporary shelter;

3. An individual who is exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution;

4. Any individual or family who is fleeing domestic violence, has no other residence, and who lacks resources and support networks to obtain permanent housing.

rapid rehousing office hours and location

office hours:

Monday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Wednesday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 

office location:

Office is located at:
202 N Taylor, El Dorado KS
Mailing: PO BOX 447, El Dorado Ks 67042 

community cold weather shelter

The shelter’s success this season will represent a huge step in bringing the need in our community to light, serving those in need, and gaining community support for the shelter. Community volunteers LIKE YOU are vital to building a community ran shelter that supports and serves its neighbors in times of need.

volunteers needed

shelter guests faqS

How do I know if the shelter will be open for the night? The shelter depends on volunteers. We hope to be open each night November 1- March 31. If there is ever a night there is not enough volunteers, it will be posted on the shelter door. Guests can also call (316)323-0151 starting at 6pm each night to confirm the shelter will open.

What time can I arrive? Guest check-in is 6:30-7:30pm each night. Guests will not be admitted after 7:30pm.

Can I bring my children? Children may stay at the shelter if accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Children 8 years of age and older are permitted to serve with parents and/or guardians volunteering at the shelter.)

How many guests will the shelter hold? The shelter allows 10 guests per night. Guests are admitted on a first come, first served basis.

What is Guest “Give Back”? It takes a community to run the shelter! We ask each guest to be responsible for wiping down their own cot and stripping their own bed. Guests are encouraged to assist with additional housekeeping duties required to run the shelter.

NOTE: Shelter staff and volunteers reserve the right to refuse service to anyone exhibiting signs of hostility, aggression, or who are under the influence.

shelter schedule

daily schedule

6:00 PM: Shift 1 Volunteers Arrive
6:30 PM–7:30 PM: Guest Check-In.
7:30 PM: Dinner.
8:00 PM: Guest Give Back (Daily Chores).
10:00 PM: Lights Out/Bedtime, Shift 2 Volunteers Arrive.
7:00 AM: Lights On/Guests Get Up.
7:00 AM- 8:00AM: Breakfast & Lunch Carts available.
8:00 AM: Guest Checkout.

For community members who do not have access to the internet or would prefer to register via email or phone, please call (316)323-0151 or email butlerhomelessinitiative@gmail.com.

click here to register to volunteer

about the shelter

In partnership with the First Church of the Nazarene, BHI opened its shelter doors to the community for its first full cold weather season November 1, 2016- March 31, 2017, and plans to re-open the same dates for the 2017-2018 winter season. The shelter serves up to 10 guests per night, offers a men’s dorm, women’s dorm, and family sleeping room. The shelter is a community ran program, made possible in large part by community volunteers, community shelter donations and community financial support. 

bhi transitional home

about the home

True to its mission of providing shelter for those in need, BHI purchased a single family home in 2016 to assist families in crisis. The home allows BHI to provide shelter to one household at a time during months the shelter is not in operation. The home will also assist in keeping families out of a shelter setting during months the shelter is operational. Community volunteers, community household donations, and community financial support are needed to maintain the home year round to assist families facing crisis. 

help shelf

about help shelf

This program provides personal hygiene and food items to shelter guests and community members facing immediate housing crisis. The Help Shelf depends largely on community donations of funds and supplies.

To donate to the help shelf, click here or visit us 9am-1pm Monday-Thursday (except holidays)

"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little: 

 do what you can"

- Sydney smith