ACORN Housing Finally in Foreclosure

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The largest branch of ACORN – ACORN Housing Corp.— has finally kicked the bucket despite cash injections from the Obama administration.

Like a con artist trying to escape his past, ACORN Housing legally changed its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) two years ago after the devastating “pimp and pro” videos surfaced in 2009. In those undercover videos created by conservative activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles ACORN and ACORN Housing employees were shown offering helpful advice on setting up a brothel for pedophiles and breaking other laws. A year later the controlling entity in the ACORN network, ACORN Inc., filed for bankruptcy after Congress cut off its taxpayer funding and left-leaning foundations ran away from it.

After a reliable source in the progressive movement confirmed the demise of AHCOA to this writer, Chicago-based writer Mike Volpe (who blogs as The Provocateur) visited the group’s headquarters at 209 West Jackson Boulevard in the Windy City last week. Volpe confirmed that the nonprofit corporation is no longer there. Building management advised him that the last AHCOA staff members vacated the premises almost two months ago.

Efforts to reach ACORN Housing personnel, including executive director Mike Shea, have been unsuccessful. AHCOA’s website ( is down and the nonprofit’s Twitter feed hasn’t been updated since August of last year. Senior staff abandoned ship months ago. AHCOA’s public affairs director Bruce Dorpalen left the nonprofit in April to become executive director at the National Housing Resource Center in Philadelphia. AHCOA’s director of operations Martin Shalloo also left earlier this year.

As of June 30, 2010, AHCOA was in the red by almost $2.5 million according to its most recent publicly available tax return. AHCOA and its subsidiaries owed an eye-popping $162,813 in back taxes as of July 2011. The money was owed to the IRS, California,Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Texas, Washington, the city of Philadelphia, and the California counties of Fresno and Santa Clara.

AHCOA has been in the news recently. Last month it was reported that the Obama administration funneled $446 million in taxpayer money to ACORN alumnus Joe McGavin, now a director at the Illinois Housing Development Authority. As Judicial Watch discovered, McGavin was “Chicago Operations Manager” at Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) from November 2008 through January 2011.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, a longtime ACORN ally from his days as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s housing development commissioner, steered millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to his old friends at ACORN. Donovan is just one of several Obama cabinet members who did everything but bow down and grovel before Al Sharpton at the convention his group, National Action Network, held earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

For years ACORN Housing was the largest branch of the corrupt ACORN empire of activism.

ACORN Housing constructed hundreds of low-income housing units in Chicago, Dallas,Little Rock, and Phoenix. In New York City, New York ACORN Housing Co. owned 700 low-income units.

ACORN Housing was a cash cow for the ACORN network, providing significant funding for Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizing. Since 1997, ACORN Housing shelled out more than $5.1 million in fees or grants to other entities in the ACORN network.

These intra-network transactions were troubling because out of all of ACORN’s affiliates, ACORN Housing was the most dependent on taxpayers for support and had a long history of abusing taxpayer funds. In 2008 alone, over 67 percent of gift and grants to ACORN Housing came from the federal government and Bank of America.

A 1997 congressional report noted that taxpayer-supported “AmeriCorps members of [ACORN Housing] raised funds for ACORN, performed voter registration activities, and gave partisan speeches. In one instance, an AmeriCorps member was directed by ACORN staff to assist the [Clinton] White House in preparing a press conference in support of legislation.”

As I wrote in my book Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, ACORN Housing grew out of the crime of squatting (a.k.a. redistribution-by-trespassing). The nonprofit emerged from a series of activist projects in which ACORN built a squatters’ tent city behind the White House in 1982.

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  • Ken

    This tax-payer funded racket will rise again under another catchy name. Then the tax payer money will flood in once again!! Another of MANY reasons the "president" must not get a second term!!

    • fiddler

      Keep saying to others that the SCOTUS has ruled ACA as a TAX. We need to knock over the beehive.

    • BahBah09

      President got the second Term!!!! ACORN Housing did do a lot for people and in saving their homes! It was a good organization with a few bad seeds like I'm sure the company you work for, (if you work) have.

  • Amused

    Ha ha …and where will the "Great Moriarity " pop up next to foil the next elecion ! Wooooooo , no one knows but The Phantom . Rest assured though , conservatives will ferret out this great evil …….should they lose the next election . For we all know community activism is a dirt word in the conservative lexicon . Imagine the nerve of people , they should all just sit down and shut -up before the economic , social ,and moral paragons of conservative mindset . In other words , dont exercise your constitutional rights for that , the conservative will dictate by hook or by crook on just what those rights should be .

    • kafir4life

      Don't you have a union boss to service, amused? That's so amusing!! I found the union anthem! It goes something like this (I'll get the tune itself on utube). I'll tag it "Amused" in your honor. The lyrics go like this:

      gimme gimme gimme gimme, gimme gimme gimme gimme
      gimme gimme gimme gimme, gimme gimme gimme gimme

      • amused

        there's a better song about you kafir – it goes " ignoramus ,ignoramus ignoramus …hey are all conservatives as mind-f—ked as you ?

    • fiddler

      Amused is irrelevant. Amused is amusing to the rest of us.

  • Amused

    Lets all just sit back and let groups like Alec and the Koch Bros. pay for our legislation , after all ,they've paid "good money " for favorable legislation pushed through vis-a-vis the bribe takers in Washington . And now that's constitutional , made so by the once darling Supreme Court , which now because of ruling Obama Care constitutional , ain't so darling anymore .

    • kafir4life

      There's a union meeting, Amused. Don't forget to give them your money so they'll make your decisions for you. You must be horribly low skilled. But it's the thuggery that gets me to avoid union made goods and services whenever possible. It's like giving money directly to President Stinky (-bo).

    • fiddler

      This is your catharsis for having to pay union dues.

      • amused

        just bend over fiddler and kafir , let ALEC sock it to ya , just be smart enough to ask for some grease the next session . BTW , I paid my dues gladly , there are too many schmucks like you two in management , in fact I'll give you an example , for speaking out about a policy that the company claimed was saving money and actually afer some really simple computation proved to be costing almost 3x's what they thought they were saving, because I went above the 2nd level manager who did nothing , they fired me ./ I sat home for a month and a half while the UNION took up my cause , and got me my job back with full pay and the average of [projected ovrtime the rest of the crew had made in that period . 4 months later the company abandoned their costly policy and followed my humble advice .

        • kafir4life

          You are so amusing amused!!! You got fired because you deserved it. If you had skills you wouldn't need the thugs. Yes, you happily give your money to the union. That's due to a lack of skill AND intelligence…..You see….your management doesn't need to be told how to run THEIR business (unless your union owns it…..are you a GM worker?), and they don't tell you how to properly service your union rep.

  • Amused

    LOLOLOL….you guys are too much .

    • kafir4life

      Laugh out loud out loud out loud? Is that a union thug thing?

      • amused

        yea it is , is making childish remarks a conservative thing ? yea you bet it is schmuck ! That and whining .

        • kafir4life

          gimmegimmegimme amused. gimmegimmegimme.

  • marios

    Corruption, rubbery, froud…. all go from Democrats. Who is in WH? Such situation more suitable for 3rd world country but not for our great (or what was great before BHO reign). Wake up America because not too late!
    BHO is one term pres (and it is already too much for us).

    • fiddler

      Don't expect "amused" to concede. He is an entitlement type. They have a totally different mindset.

  • Steve Chavez

    YES, I'M "AMUSED" since no one but ACORN and AHCOA themselves are to blame. Did the KOCH brothers and ALEC BRING DOWN THESE GROUPS or was it the exposing of their real agenda, and illegal agenda, that was exposed by a couple of kids seeking youtube fame who only caught the ACORN workers with their own words?

    We all know that voter fraud was rampant in 2008 to aid Obama since it was payback for his years and support for ACORN. Then with another youtube video, the militant Black Panthers were caught in front of voting center intimidating voters and still ERIC HOLDER DISMISSED THE CASE.


    • fiddler

      Dismiss "amused". It will keep your blood pressure from building. He loves nothing more than infuriating people who visit here. Don't give him an audience.

  • Arnun

    Imagine that, Acorn isn't paying their "fair share" just like Warren Buffet…

  • Tanstaafl jw

    Rats will leave one ship to board another.

  • "gunner"

    "amused" is not amusing, just sad. prattling about the koch brothers, et. al. while his lords and masters of the left screw him blind behind his back, and he never even gets kissed after they're done with him.

  • guest

    A pigs ear dressed up by the mighty O. Bad credit, poor job retention skills… Anyway the next election is coming up, and they will be rehired to intimidate wrong thinking conservative voters.

    When you see them blocking the poll booths, as they will soon be, call the VFW, bike clubs and Legions to have people come up and stand beside this intimidation called black panthers, or Acorn.. The members can escort the elderly though these trolls to the voting area. Ask the Americans to wear the flag on their jackets!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Think how many millions of hard working American tax payers are unaware of the fraud in_government as the media they are tuned into does not expose the criminal behavior of the_Obama gang. Democrats are so discredited with honest people they are a measure of_just how many people have fallen from right and honest thinking. Our schools have ruined_a generation with falsehood and a Godless humanism that destroys responsible conduct_the end product of education, uneducated, programmed, trained seals.

    Government has been used to ruin society, we must say no to this continuing, change government
    and reestablish a decent society that is not out to lie, cheat and steal which has become the hallmark of the Democratic Party and Republican Rhinos………………………William