Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Charity Refuses to Show Proof of Housing Homeless; There Is None

by Gary Snyder

The Foundation for America's Homeless website offered up photos of serene tented camp sites, even a cabin in the woods with working electricity. 

But when WESH 2 News Investigative reporter Matt Grant asked the charity's director to show them where those campsites are, he would not.
And he has repeatedly refused to show them proof the charity has provided shelter to anyone at all.
It turns out that cabin in the woods is actually a bathroom at Yellowstone National Park. And a photograph of a tent on the website was actually taken by a blogger in Canada who told us she never gave permission for the Foundation to use her photo.

WESH 2 News Investigates began, yes, investigating. With a day or two several changes had been made to charity's founder Larry Hamer's website. The photos of tents and campsites were removed and the headline on the Foundation's website had been changed from, "We are housing America's homeless," to, "We provide needs for America's homeless."

While Hamer refused to open his financial books to WESH 2 News, the Foundation's federal tax documents are public record. We showed the 2012 documents to Ken Berger of Charity Navigator, who said there were a number of potential red flags, including not reporting administrative expenses and listing a salary expense while claiming the charity has no paid employees.
"You need to be able to trust a charity, and when they are manipulating images, when they are refusing to give you basic information. This seems like an organization that is questionable at best," he said. (source)

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