El Dorado tables homeless shelter plan

EL DORADO, Kansas – El Dorado’s city commission has pushed back a decision on whether a group can operate a homeless shelter out of an abandoned motel.

The Butler Homeless Initiative wants to run a shelter out of the old Blue Spruce Motel on Highway 54 just east of El Dorado. Supporters say it could help up to 30 homeless people with a place to stay while they get their lives back in order.

“When you are homeless and you are worried about where you and your babies are going to sleep at night, you can’t wrap your head around anything else,” said Macy Gaines, Butler Homeless Initiative.

Neighbor, Darlene Montgomery, notes that “it is a motel. It is rooms with a shower and a bed. There is no place to eat, there is no place you could walk.”

Opponents say they are not against a shelter, just against the proposed location because of traffic concerns and being too far away from the city.

The commission tabled the decision because it said it did not have enough time to review BHI’s updated management plan. It will take up the issue again in two weeks.

For more information about the Butler Homeless Initiative, visit their website at butlerhomelessinitiative.org.

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