First Step Housing

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

Opened in August 2001, ​First Step Housing has 4 bedrooms with a private bathroom in each and will offer temporary housing for 8-12 individuals or families for up to 6 months. This is not an emergency homeless shelter. Our participants will be working toward housing goals, saving money and learning in the area of budgets, renting and many other topics. Each participant's plan is individualized according to their needs.

Acceptance into the program is based on meeting the criteria below along with the application and interview.

  • Applicants are current residents of Ellis County and have proof of identity.

  •  Applicants are in need of housing

  • Applicants are families, couples, or single women. Applicants must be 18 or older. In housing such as First Step Housing, insurance liability requires that the house be designated either male or female when considering singles.

  • Adult applicants in the household (HH) must be clear of any illegal or controlled substance and of alcohol in their system

  • Felony convictions that involve violence or harm to another individual or sexual offenses are not eligible for the First Step Housing program.