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October 13, 2009

SCANDAL LEAVES LACK OF SERVICE IN ITS WAKE

Its reputation suffering, ACORN is hampered from delivering needed counseling to lower-income New Yorkers - and it's not clear who will pick up the slack.

City Limits
By Eileen Markey

The ACORN scandal means it just got harder. The New York City office of the national group (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) that advocates for low- and moderate-income people is among the major providers of foreclosure counseling in the city.

In the organization's defense, national CEO Bertha Lewis highlights some of the group's local advocacy:

Lewis points to the New York affiliate's campaign to keep Brooklyn's affordable 5,881-unit Starrett City development from going market-rate; its lobbying in support of the 421-a program used to encourage real estate developers to set aside units for low-income people; and its record securing “economic multipliers” like food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit for 150,000 New Yorkers over the past five years as more indicative of the group's contributions to the city. Under Lewis' leadership, ACORN also supported the controversial Atlantic Yards mega-development because it included plans for affordable housing, a move that drew the ire of some usual allies.

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NoLandGrab: Lewis betrayed "usual allies" when she got down with some unusual bedfellows.

Posted by lumi at October 13, 2009 5:18 AM