Ted Haggard is reduced in his circumstances. He and his family are living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment while he attends classes full time at the University of Phoenix, and he’s also helping out in a halfway house for the homeless. It’s as if he’s taken a vow of poverty and is living the ideal Christian life of charity and giving. Oh, what a good man!
To help him in his good works, he has sent out a letter asking people to give — he sends an address to a Christian charity that he promises will send 90% of the money to the Haggard family and use only 10% for administrative costs. For once, he’s pushing a charity that doesn’t skim off the cream because he is the recipient of the charity. He also doesn’t mention that he isn’t exactly destitute:
However, he doesn’t mention that when he left the church, New Life Church leaders agreed to pay his salary through 2007 – estimated at about $138,000 annually.
In addition, as Colorado Confidential reported earlier this month, El Paso County Assessor property records show that the Haggard’s still own their 5-bedroom, 3-bath home in Colorado Springs. Sitting on 5.1 acres, its current market value is listed at $715,051.
Once a grifter, always a grifter, I guess.