REPORTER: New York Communities for Change says it's made up of leaders in the
progressive community and former ACORN staff members. ACORN has been
struggling to stay alive ever since a video showed workers giving home
buying advice to a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute. The
scandal caused the federal government to freeze ACORN's funds and it
also lost money from foundations and other private donors.
In New York, local members resorted to holding bake sales and raffles to raise
money. ACORN had 45000 New York members and was seen as a powerful
entity that could organize behind everything from school funding to
landlord tenant disputes. According to a spokesman, the new group is
negotiating with national ACORN to purchase its membership list and it
plans to sign up as many people as possible.