The Obispo Gray Ministries plans to renovate the 26 rooms at a former west side motel and allow victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to live in them rent-free for up to one year. A civic club that owns the property has agreed to let the church fix up the motel.
Turlock officials support the project but have told Obispo Gray that the building needs plenty of work in order to meet the city housing code.
Gray says the project will cost over two million dollars.
"It was estimated by two separate contractors it cost one-point-eight million in labor and it would cost approximately eight hundred and fifty thousand in materials."
Gray hopes to begin renovating the motel early next year.
His long-range plan calls for building facilities that could house hundreds of victims of future disasters.
Gray recently established his ministry in the Central Valley after decades of work in Southern California and overseas.