October 31, 2011 — As part of the National Neighbors Silver initiative, John Taylor submitted written testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging on how older adults are faring in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The testimony sheds light on the silent housing crisis plaguing our aging communities. Mr. Taylor offers […]
Background on Capital One Acquisition of HSBC Credit Card Unit Join the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and our members and allies across the country in requesting that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency extend the comment period and hold hearings on the Capital One Financial Corporation’s proposal to acquire HSBC’s credit card unit. […]
Washington, DC — In a letter sent to Chairman Hal Rogers and three other members of the House Appropriations committee, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition opposed extending higher loan limits on FHA loans. The House of Representatives is currently considering raising the loan limits from $625,500 back to $729,750. A recent Congressional Budget Office report […]
Download NCRC’s Final Comment Letter to the Federal Reserve on Capital One Acquisition of ING Direct
The Foreclosure Crisis and Its Impact on Communities of Color: Research and Solutions
Washington, DC — As the foreclosure crisis continues unabated, destroying wealth for American families and undermining the stability and vibrancy of communities, NCRC’s recent whitepaper serves as an in-depth investigation of the success and weaknesses of the major federal and private foreclosure prevention efforts. The paper also examines proposed solutions to rebuild the homeownership markets. The paper has a particular focus on the impacts of the foreclosure crisis on people and communities of color.
The report addresses three critical aspects of the foreclosure crisis:
First, the foreclosure crisis is disproportionally affecting communities of color, and continuing without any meaningful preventative intervention. The homeownership rates for communities of color are at their lowest levels in over a decade. It is expected these rates will drop even further, which would wipe out over 15 years of gains in homeownership rates for people of color. The combination of foreclosures and falling home prices has also resulted in a catastrophic loss of wealth, in particular for people and communities of color.
Second, there are several strategies and solutions that could significantly halt the foreclosure crisis, as well as repair the damage, but no policies are actively being debated by policy makers. There are no signs that the HAMP program will be significantly improved to have a greater foreclosure prevention impact and, given the current political climate, it seems unlikely that any additional funds for new foreclosure mitigation efforts will be forthcoming. Finally, many proposals to rebuild the homeownership market would actually further undermine the housing markets.
Third, there is no national clearinghouse of information on foreclosures that is systematic, searchable, and comprehensive. A comprehensive clearinghouse of data and research would enable more effective responses to the damage that is occurring to families and communities by the foreclosure crisis. Without a central hub of information, it is also difficult to understand the long-term damage the foreclosure crisis will likely have across cities and communities.
The Foreclosure Crisis and Its Impact on Communities of Color: Research and Solutions As the foreclosure crisis continues unabated, destroying wealth for American families and undermining the stability and vibrancy of communities, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC) latest whitepaper serves as an in-depth investigation of the success and weaknesses of the major federal and […]
September 20, 2011 — NCRC President and CEO John Taylor testified today before the Federal Reserve on the Capital One acquisition of ING Direct USA, citing issues like systemic risk, public benefits, the future of community-based banking, and the effectiveness of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Download the Testimony
Background on Capital One / ING Acquisition The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) announced that it will oppose the Capital One acquisition of ING Direct USA, citing serious concerns about the impact of the deal on consumers, communities and the economy. The deal would make Capital One the fifth largest bank in the United States. […]