For as long as I can remember, there have been homeless people in NYC collecting money on behalf of UHO, the United Homeless Organization. They're the guys with a folding table and sad water bottle with UHO taped to the front. They usually say something like "just a penny to help the homeless," and can barely get that sentence out without slurring because they're drunk or in withdrawal. If you asked them what the UHO does to help the homeless, they wouldn't be able to answer the question. One of these guys even called my then boyfriend a fag because he didn't give him money. Overall, they're a delightful bunch.
So, it comes as no surprise that UHO has been revealed as a scam. What is surprising is that it took so long to expose them!! Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit against UHO last year and just now received a court order requiring them to stop soliciting people for money immediately. The "non-profit" was charging homeless people $15-$25 to rent the water bottle and table for four hours and then the homeless would directly pocket any money given to them.