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Long Range Plans for Bethlehem Inn


Indications are Bend's largest homeless shelter will be moving, but not for a couple of years. Representatives of the Bethlehem Inn say the facility simply isn't large enough to meet the needs.  “We are working on a lease. We feel really good about the process. We have agreed to a two year lease and are in the process of putting together a viable strategy for a new home for the Bethlehem Inn.”  Executive Director Gwen Wysling says the former Econo Lodge Motel simply isn't large enough, isn't designed for families and does not have a commercial kitchen.   Commissioner Alan Unger says the County understands funding is not available: “I think the Bethlehem Inn needs to have a future course, so the course they have taken is to: thank the County for the use of the building that we have been supplying for them. But to look for something that fits their needs and that they can afford.” During the two years, the Bethlehem Inn will pay Deschutes County $2,034 per month. That will pay for the interest on the $2.5-million loan the County made to purchase the former Econo Lodge Motel.

 

 

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