U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of Committee on Homeland Security, joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano demanding information on the extent of the relationship between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ACORN, a group the members said “is not worthy of the public trust.”


The letter expresses concerns over the alleged $1 million Fire Prevention and Safety Grant awarded to the ACORN Institute in New Orleans by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier this week FEMA indicated that ACORN will not receive the federal funding as announced in September, prior to Congress’s decision to cut off federal funding to the organization do to unethical and dishonest behavior demonstrated by their employees.

“I am pleased that DHS leadership rescinded the $1 million fire grant awarded to ACORN,” Congressman Dent said. “I know plenty of small fire departments throughout Pennsylvania that might benefit from this funding. Because of the limited federal resources available to our emergency responders and fire departments, DHS leadership must be willing to address award recipients should their behavior fail to align with the homeland security mission of the Department.”

The letter was signed by the ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee and six subcommittee ranking members. Congressman Dent is Ranking Member of the Transportation, Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee.