Second Court Blocks Citizenship Question

On January 15, 2019, U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman (Southern District, NY) blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 US Census. 

On March 6, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of California also blocked the addition of the citizenship question.

Both judges have determined that Commerce Secretary Wilber Ross’ decision to add the question against the recommendation of Census Bureau officials was unlawful due to multiple violations of the Administrative Procedure Act. Both determined that Ross “cherry-picked” information, and went out of his way to solicit a “request” from a member of the US Justice Department as a “sham justification” for adding the question.

Judge Seaborg added in his ruling, that "In short, the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census threatens the very foundation of our democratic system — and does so based on a self-defeating rationale.”

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.

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