Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has again today issued a false statement about the National Housing Trust Fund, despite receiving correct information from the National Housing Trust Fund campaign on October 1, 2008.
Today, Mr. Boehner released an alert containing this statement: Last summer, Democrats forced a giant housing bill loaded up with a taxpayer-funded slush fund for ACORN through Congress. More recently, Democrats attempted to divert billions from the economic rescue proposal to ACORN in the form of a “housing trust fund.” In reality, it was little more than a massive check to the liberal group, care of American taxpayers.”
Mr. Boehner knows better. He knows that:
· The purpose of the National Housing Trust Fund is to build homes for the poorest people in the United States, including disabled and homeless people who are homeless.
· Funds from the National Housing Trust Fund will be distributed by HUD to states, which will make grants to organizations in their states that will build homes for poor people, organizations such as local branches and affiliates of Catholic Charities USA, Volunteers of America, Lutheran Services in America, Mercy Housing, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Enterprise Community Partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, National Church Residences, and other local non-profit and public housing organizations.
· The statute that created the National Housing Trust Fund specifically forbids the use of any funds for “political activities, lobbying, counseling, traveling and administrative expenses, or endorsements of a particular candidate or party.” · ACORN is ineligible to apply for or receive any dollars from the National Housing Trust Fund.
The National Housing Trust Fund campaign calls on members of the media to learn the facts about the National Housing Trust Fund and not repeat the false statements made by Mr. Boehner and others who are using the National Housing Trust Fund for partisan political purposes.