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.

Census 2020: Did Ross’ Commerce Department Lie To The Supreme Court?

At the end of May 2019, documents from were released showing that longtime Republican consultant Thomas Hofeller (died 2018) had not only been drawing up gerrymandered district maps or Republicans, but was also an early voice calling for a citizenship question on the US Census. In fact, he wrote 

Some months after his death, his estranged daughter was given his old computer hard drives and thumb drives. While looking through them, she found there were over 75,000 files related to mapping (creating) gerrymandering districts and correspondence with Republican groups about how to get those maps into use. She turned the files over to Common Cause, a group fighting against gerrymandered maps in North Carolina.

North Carolina Republicans held a supermajority in both the house and Senate. The courts had ordered them to redraw heavily gerrymandered maps and hold a special election in 2017. The NC Republicans claimed they couldn’t possibly meet that deadline, that work hadn’t even started yet on the new maps. The courts accepted that and moved the deadline back a year. 



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