United Homeless Organization
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|Dissolved||2010 (forced closure)|
|Key people||Stephen Riley, President
Christine Walker, Administrative Assistant
|Revenue||$97,890 USD (2007)|
Founded in 1985 by Stephen Riley, who ran the organization from his apartment in the Bronx, UHO solicited money at sidewalk tables at various locations in Manhattan. Soliciters paid UHO $15 per shift (with 3 to 4 shifts per day) to rent a table and collection jug; any remaining funds raised they could keep for themselves. According to UHO, more than three-quarters of its soliciters are homeless, and all have been homeless at one time.
In November 2009, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court against the group, charging that the founders kept most of the change collected. The suit charged that Riley and director Myra Walker used the money to buy items for their personal use, and to pay bills unrelated to UHO.
On June 24, 2010, Judge Barbara R. Kapnick ruled that UHO be permanently shut down and further banned Riley and Walker from ever engaging in non-profit work again.
- Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (IRS Form 990), United Homeless Organization, 2007
- Klein, Melissa; Boniello, Kathianne (2008-12-09), 'Jug Band' Keeps Your Change, New York Post, retrieved 2009-08-06
- Schneider, Daniel B. (2001-07-01), F.Y.I., New York Times, retrieved 2009-08-06
- Klein, Melissa; Fasick, Kevin; Bennett, Chuck (2009-11-24), Homeless beggar jars a sham: AG, New York Post, retrieved 2009-11-24
A link to the youtube which shows the fake charity being caught out is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=vM2I7hiPZRQ&feature=endscreen