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Televangelist Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch announced it would open its doors to residents displaced by flooding following Tropical Storm Harvey. Osteen had faced mounting criticism for not opening the doors of Lakewood Church––a 16,800-seat arena which had previously served as the home for the Houston Rockets––as city officials searched for facilities to house the homeless.

"We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center for those in need," church spokesman and Osteen's father-in-law Donald Iloff said. "We are prepared to shelter people once the cities and county shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives."

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