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Bankrate: What are Hispanic American-owned banks and how can you support them?

Bankrate, August 16, 2022, What are Hispanic American-owned banks and how can you support them?

While the federal government prohibited redlining in 1968 with the Fair Housing Act, its effects are still felt today. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of areas that were redlined — discriminated against by lenders — are low-to-moderate income today, according to a study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Most of these neighborhoods (64%) are also still predominantly made up of racial or ethnic minority residents.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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