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Adding Robust Consideration of Race to Community Reinvestment Act Regulations: An Essential and Constitutional Proposal

DOWNLOAD Executive Summary  The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was enacted in 1977. It was a response to the nation’s long and painful history of lending discrimination against people of color and the resulting disinvestment and decay in communities of color. Congress’ purpose was to counter decades of official and unofficial redlining and other forms of discrimination by

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Business Structure may have been a Barrier to the Paycheck Protection Program and Access to Credit

DOWNLOAD Key Takeaways Business structure played a role in accessing PPP loans. Entrepreneurs whose businesses were structured as LLC, S or C corporations were significantly more likely to have received a PPP loan than less sophisticated sole proprietorships and partnerships. Key Findings A survey of small business owners found that: Black men were significantly more

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Business Structure of Small Businesses May Matter More Than We Knew

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a small business lending program created by Congress in 2020 to provide loans to save businesses from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There were two characteristics of this program that made it unique. First, a PPP loan could convert to a forgivable grant if the business spent

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Civil Rights, Fair Housing And Consumer Groups Urge Congress to Advance Housing Investment and Equity in Historic Human Infrastructure Bill

Today, national civil rights, housing policy, and consumer protection groups released a letter sent to Congressional leadership and committee chairs calling for inclusion of housing policies that would advance racial and economic equity in the upcoming human infrastructure reconciliation legislation. The letter, linked here, was signed by the Center for Responsible Lending, The Leadership Conference

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Opportunity to provide feedback to newly launched Congressional Caucus on Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health refer to the social, economic and physical conditions, where people live, work and play in an environment that affects health, such as housing, jobs, transportation and food access.  This past July, a bipartisan Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus was formally launched by Reps. Cheri Bustos, G.K. Butterfield, Tom Cole and

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Fact Sheet on Section 1071 Small Business Loan Data

What is Section 1071 Data? The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 included Section 1071, which[1] mandated the collection and dissemination of data on applicants for loans to small businesses and women- and minority-owned firms. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was designated to collect the data. The statutory purpose of

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The FDIC Should Prevent Rakuten From Getting A Banking Charter

If the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) approves Rakuten Bank America’s application for an industrial loan company (ILC) charter, it would trigger a cascading series of problems that would add risk to our banking system at a time when all federal agencies should focus on reorienting the country toward an equitable recovery and a just

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NCRC, CRL, and NCLC File Joint Letter Opposing Acquisition of Liberty Bank

(Download) August 24, 2021 Janet Kincaid Deputy Regional Director Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 25 Jessie Street at Ecker Square Suite 2300 San Francisco, CA 94105 RE: Change in Control, KMD Partners, LLC to acquire Liberty Bank, Inc. Dear Ms. Kincaid: We ask the FDIC not to approve the application from KMD Partners, LLC to acquire

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NCRC Submits Comment Supporting HUD’s Proposed Disparate Impact Rule

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today submitted a comment letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), applauding HUD for its proposed rule setting the standard for bringing disparate impact claims under the Fair Housing Act. In the comment letter, NCRC also urged HUD to offer guidance to the lending and insurance industries on the proper use of predictive technologies in underwriting, particularly with regard to artificial intelligence, machine learning and alternative data.

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NCRC Comment on HUD’s Proposed Disparate Impact Rule

(Download) August 24, 2021 Office of General Counsel Rules Docket Clerk Department of Housing and Urban Development 451 Seventh Street SW, Room 10276 Washington, D.C. 20410-0001 Re: Docket No. HUD-2021-0033 FR-6251-P-01 Reinstatement of Discriminatory Effects Standard Dear Assistant Secretary Worden: The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and the undersigned organizations would like to applaud the

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2020 HMDA Preliminary Analysis

HMDA is a crucial tool for the public and local leaders to monitor the mortgage market and ensure lenders are not redlining in their communities.

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NCRC applauds FHFA’s proposed expansion of affordable housing goals, and a new goal specific for minority communities

Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed 2022-2024 single-family and multifamily housing goals for the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In addition to proposing higher annual benchmarks in some categories, the agency proposes new single-family subgoals focused on communities of color and that respond to concerns about displacement in low-income communities.

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Years after a toxic spill, an Alabama community loses hope

Last month, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), the South Alabama Fair Housing Center (SAFHC) and We Matter Eight Mile Community Association (We Matter Eight Mile) held a community meeting in the predominantly Black community of Eight Mile, north of Mobile, Alabama.

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Catherine Petrusz

CRA Coordinator 202.770.3619 cpetrusz@ncrc.org Catherine Petrusz joined NCRC in 2021 as a CRA Coordinator and works with NCRC members and banks on community reinvestment campaigns. Before joining NCRC, Catherine was a senior member of the legal team and head of compliance for Self-Help, a national community development financial institution. Catherine is excited to combine her

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Language Barriers and Healthcare

The number of non-English-speaking US residents rises each year, contributing to a growing problem of miscommunication and understanding. While language barriers are faced practically everywhere, they are especially prevalent and can have dangerous and even fatal consequences in the healthcare sector.  

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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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