First Step Building Campaign

The ache for home lives in all of us. Maya Angelou

The First Step Building Campaign is a capital campaign to raise needed funds to renovate our building to provide temporary housing and supportive services. Why does Hays need this type of housing?


 FCFH assists 90-100 households to prevent homelessness each year. This assistance impacts up to 250 individuals including 100 children and/or youth. There were an additional 187 in need of housing who were referred to federal housing waiting lists or to shelters 90 miles away.

  • The Hays Housing Authority reports a current waiting list for public housing assistance for 80+ households with a wait time of 12 to 24 months.

  • Surveys conducted in Hays over the past 3 years report 5-21 individuals are homeless & 70+ are at great risk of homelessness.

  • USD 489 reports show 27 students living in doubled up situations due to housing issues.


Housing study commissioned by the City of Hays showed the following conclusions:

  • Housing costs in Hays are much higher than in other areas of the state

  • There is a high ratio of older housing in need of restoration and renovation

  • Households in Hays face “considerable financial strain” due to high housing costs, especially low-income families.


Research shows that the consequences of housing instability on children include physical and mental health challenges, learning and academic achievement, higher incidence of involvement with social services and an increased risk of housing instability or homelessness as adults.


This housing will offer temporary housing for a number of individuals or families for up to 6 months. This is not an emergency homeless shelter.

Will this housing solve the problem, probably not. We need to keep going! Once $250,000 is raised and the project is complete, we will continue to raise an additional $250,000 for future expansion.

YOU can be a part of this by helping us to fund raise or by making

your donation today! 

First Call for Help - Ellis County  |  607 E 13th Street  |  Hays, KS 67601  | 785.623.2800

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