HOUSTON – A judge in Houston has rejected an urgent request for relief funds by three Texas churches damaged during the Hurricane Harvey.
The municipalities complain the federal government over the policy of how it offers disaster assistance to houses of worship.
In a ruling issued Thursday, U.s. District Judge Gray Miller denied the churches’ motion for a temporary injunction and the temporary restraining order. The churches sought to gain access to disaster funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The churches accuse FEMA of religious discrimination against houses of worship by denying them equal access to disaster relief grants.
FEMA says that it has not denied the churches’ uses, but placed them on hold, while a change to the policy to be revised.
Lawyers for the churches to say that they plan to appeal the ruling.