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Field Notes

Stories about economic justice challenges and solutions across the nation and the work and impact of NCRC members in their communities.

Community Participation in Fair Housing Planning Process Under Threat

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new proposed rule to change the affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) rule of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). This new proposal aims to set back years of progress by no longer enforcing meaningful community participation in the AFFH process. Without the crucial input of local community members who face housing inequalities, the new rule eliminates the main elements of accountability meant to address discrimination and inequality. 

From “Just a Job” to Executive Director

The CRASF membership works with financial institutions, state and local organizations as well as government to provide Community Reinvestment Act training and assistance, community advocacy, affordable housing, small business training and loan acquisition assistance.

NCRC’s Community Benefits Agreement Is Helping LHOME Bring Fair Lending to Louisville

Becoming a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) has allowed the Louisville Housing Opportunities and Micro-Enterprise Community Development Loan Fund, Inc. (LHOME), a NCRC member organization, to provide affordable housing and facilitate small business startups in low- to moderate-income (LMI) areas of the city. 

Reparations Can Help Bridge The Racial Wealth Divide

Ever since the abolition of slavery more than 150 years ago, African Americans have been suffering from oppressive structures that uphold poverty. These enduring systems have resulted in the income and wealth disparities between Black and White communities we see today