An East Texas organization is making plans to talk to the Tyler City Council because they might lose their home.
A.D.D.I.C.T. (A Dedicated Disciple in Christ Today) Ministries petitioned to have their home re-zoned after the city said they were operating illegally in a residential area.
Denise Walker, Director of A.D.D.I.C.T. Ministries, has dedicated 10 years of her life to helping parolees get back on their feet.
"When God gave me the vision, He said from the inside out," said Walker.
She started A.D.D.I.C.T. Ministries, an organization that helps men become men of God. She calls it a discipleship program, and for the last two years they've called 1016 Rusk St. home.
"Jesus' disciples stayed with him continuously because they had the opportunity to see him live as Jesus, and here they get to see how to live as a man of God, or in the Lord," said Walker.
But the City of Tyler said living there is presenting a problem.
Denise said it's an in-house ministry; the City of Tyler said it's a halfway house. A halfway house has to be located within a C-1 zone, also known as a commercial area.
"In order to be in an approved location for a halfway house you first have to have the appropriate zoning, which is a C-1 and will allow for the special use permit to be requested. So you need to be in a commercial zone and then seek a special use permit for the halfway house," said Heather Nick, Tyler City Planner.
"This is my house and I should be allowed to let anyone live in it within reason," said Walker.
Denise was given a citation for having a halfway house in a residential neighborhood; an area that's only for single family homes.
She petitioned to have her house re-zoned as a C-1, but the Planning and Zoning Commission denied her on Tuesday.
Now she is making plans to take her case to the Tyler City Council.
Walker said she has moved all of the parolees to her other location in Flint.
She is now within compliance with her zoning code, and still plans to appeal.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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