The Houston Housing Authority found itself in the middle of a sticky lawsuit this week when the agency tried to use eminent domain to “steal” two historic churches’ property as part of an urban renewal project.
A Texas attorney representing the two churches is alleging that the city intended to use some of that property to build a for-profit business.
“[The Houston Housing Authority] wants to steal these churches, bulldoze them and use them for a parking lot for a doctor’s office,” said Hiram Sasser, a Texas attorney for the Liberty Institute representing the churches. “It’s shameful.”
The Houston Housing Authority disputes Sasser’s account, stating the agency never attempted to “steal” these churches in the first place.