The western portion of the motel, about 20 rooms, will be used to temporarily house client families.
“They are well-known throughout the community for their good community service work,” Orosz said of Family Promise.
Linda Rabolt, the nonprofit’s executive director, said the program is to help Warren County families without a home.
“This is something they did not choose to do,” she said. “They are not using drugs or alcohol. These are families who have fallen into bad times because of COVID or something else. We provide a helping hand so these families can move on with their lives, get employed, be self-sustaining, be good citizens and be better parents in 90 days.”
Last month, Lebanon’s Planning Commission recommended the zoning change to Lebanon City Council, which gave the ordinance a first reading. A second reading and vote on the rezoning is slated for council’s Nov. 23 meeting.
Orosz said after the rezoning is completed, Family Promise will have to submit a conditional use application for the temporary housing to the Planning Commission before it can operate.
Vice Mayor Mark Messer said he’s really excited about this, adding, “it’s a perfect use for the property.”