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ACORN halts all advising of housing seekers

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  1. Little-Acorn

    Little-Acorn Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2009
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    San Diego, CA
    ACORN appears to have noticed something at last: The sound of the Federal gravy train screeching to a halt.

    Suppose a bank robber was videotaped robbing banks in Baltimore, Washington DC, and San Bernardino. If the videotapes were made public, and the robber announced he would no longer rob banks in those three cities, should the government let him go, and announce it was letting bygones be bygones?

    And, would seven United States Senators vote to provide him millions in Federal funds?



    ACORN Announces Major Steps to Address Issues Raised by Videos
    September 16, 2009

    In response to recently released videos of frontline ACORN staff, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis made the following announcement Wednesday morning:

    "As a result of the indefensible action of a handful of our employees, I am, in consultation with ACORN's Executive Committee1, immediately ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN's service programs until completion of an independent review.

    "I have also communicated with ACORN's independent Advisory Council, and they will assist ACORN in naming an independent auditor and investigator to conduct a thorough review of all of the organizations relevant systems and processes. That reviewer, to be named within 48 hours, will make recommendations directly to me and to the full ACORN Board. We enter this process with a commitment that all recommendations will be implemented."

    Ms. Lewis is specifically ordering the following steps be taken effective noon eastern on September 16, 2009:

    No new intakes will be accepted into ACORN's offices for service programs, effective immediately;
    An immediate in-service training for all frontline staff has been ordered within 48 hours;
    ACORN's independent Advisory Council will help select an independent auditor/reviewer no later than September 18th to review all of the systems and processes called into question by the videos.

    In early 2009, ACORN set up an independent Advisory Council to help facilitate a transition to a new management team under the leadership of CEO Bertha Lewis. Lewis was appointed to the job in the fall of 2008 after disclosure of a set of improper management decisions by the founder of the organization, who had led ACORN for 38 years. ACORN's Advisory Council includes:

    John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
    Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Board Member, RFK Foundation, former MD Lt. Governor
    Andrew Stern, International President, Service Employees International Union
    Henry Cisneros, Executive Chairman, Cityview
    John Banks, Vice President of Government Relations Con Ed
    Eric Eve, Senior VP of Global Consumer Group, Community Relations, Citigroup
    Harvey Hirschfeld, President, Lawcash
    Dave Beckwith, Executive Director, Needmor Fund

    Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a member of the Advisory Council said: "ACORN has a long history of serving those who most need help, and giving voice to those who have been left behind. We will take the necessary steps to ensure that ACORN functions with the highest levels of ethical standards and competence."

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