Laredo Morning Times – Residents join lawsuit

Members of Laredo Housing Authority resident councils have intervened in an ongoing lawsuit against the Metro Affordable Housing Corp., alleging their rights have been violated after being banned from participation on the Metro’s board of directors.The Laredo Housing Authority in March filed a lawsuit against the Metro Affordable Housing Corp., which was created to enter into partnerships with private entities for affordable housing units in Laredo.

The Metro’s board of directors was originally intended to have representation from the housing authority’s two resident councils. About a year ago, however, Metro’s articles of incorporation were changed. The Laredo Housing Authority alleges the changes were made to eliminate resident representation at Metro.

“It’s not just an issue of democracy,” said Israel Reyna, an attorney with the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, which is now representing the residents. “It’s a question of whether or not changing the way it’s operated … will, in fact, change the funds that are available to Metro.”

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