ACORN, one of the largest social advocacy groups in the country, has been forced to suspend most operations as of today.
The website was down by Monday morning, but the phone number for ACORN’s New York office was still connected, offering guidance on mortgage payments, first-time home purchases, general housing inquiries and ACORN housing maintenance. An operator was still answering the phones “ACORN, good morning,” and redirecting calls.
By noon on Monday, the phone message had been replaced.
“ACORN is not providing services in New York, but if you would like to receive information from local organizations with similar purposes, please leave your name, number and mailing address after the beep,” says the woman on the new recording, in both English and Spanish.
ACORN has for months been reeling from cash shortfalls as government funding was cut off and foundation grants were halted in the wake of legal problems related to charges of financial misdeeds at offices around the country. Unable to support their continued operations, offices have been closed and several key employees have departed. ACORN phone systems nationwide were shut down because of an inability to pay the bills. So too the main phone line for ACORN’s New Orleans office, which now responds with a standard phone company “the number you have reached is not in service.”