Church forbidden by township from providing temporary emergency shelter to the homeless
Court/Assoc.: U.S. District Court for Eastern PA
Attorneys/Firms: Louis R. Moffa, Jr. (Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP); Witold Walczak and Mary Catherine Roper (ACLU-PA)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed suit on April 30, 2009, to defend the right of Shenkel United Church of Christ (UCC) in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to practice its religious beliefs by providing temporary emergency shelter to the homeless during the winter. North Coventry Township, where the church is located, has forbidden the church to use its facilities for this purpose.