ACORN's First Time Homebuyer Program

Intimidating to nearly everyone, the home buying process can seem impossible to millions of low- and moderate-income Americans.  

Beginning in 1986, ACORN Housing’s mortgage counseling program started a program to help first time homebuyers learn about and be better prepared for the process of buying a home. In their first 15 years, they helped over 50,000 families achieve their dreams of homeownership.  

ACORN Housing also helped thousands of existing homeowners avoid foreclosure and preserve their homes by helping them negotiate with lenders. They frequently worked with victims of predatory lending as well as those who were facing serious and unexpected financial hardships.

Acorn Squash Recipes for Fall

Yes, this is a site about the former community organizing group, ACORN. However, it's Fall, the harvests are coming in, and freshly picked acorn squash are available in stores and at farm stands and farmers markets, and maybe from your own garden. (If the squirrels didn't get to them first.) Here are a few ways to enjoy this fall classic.

Baking Your Acorn Squash

Baking is the easiest method. Wash the outside, cut the squash in half top to bottom, and scoop out the seeds and stringy bits. Place the halves face down on a greased cookie sheet (I like to line it with foil first for easier clean up), and bake at 350° F for about 45 minutes, or until tender. Turn cut side up, and add a pat of butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup. …

ACORN was the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities.  From 1970 to its end in 2010, ACORN had grown to more than 175,000 member families, organized in 850 neighborhood chapters in 75 cities across the U.S. and in cities in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Peru. 

ACORN's accomplishments included successful campaigns for better housing, schools, neighborhood safety, health care, job conditions, and more.  ACORN members would participate in local meetings and actively work on campaigns, elect leadership from the neighborhood level up, and pay the organization's core expenses through membership dues and grassroots fundraisers.

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