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S&P Global: Fed’s Focus On Racial Inequalities Could sharpen Under Dem Sweep

Industry critics say that reflects the need for banking agencies to toughen CRA standards. Bank examiners should expect the institutions they oversee to make strong commitments to help underserved communities during the pandemic, suggested Josh Silver, a senior adviser at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, which focuses on ending discrimination in lending.

Law 360: SoFi Clears Initial OCC Hurdle In Quest To Launch Bank

The OCC also addressed concerns that the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, acommunity advocacy organization, raised about SoFi’s plan for compliance with the low-incomelending requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act. While a comment letter signed by NCRC and other community groups had argued that this plan was insufficiently comprehensive,the agency said it “does not expect a bank to have a fully developed plan at this stage.”

Kings County Politics: Op-Ed: How Charles And Inez Barron’s Seat Switching Is A Dangerous Political Legacy Game

It’s hard to live in any lower-income neighborhood that is adjacent to or within a major city without being faced with the prospect of gentrification. According to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, New York had one of the highest rates of gentrification and displaced black Americans between 2000 and 2013. Higher rents and property taxes—the hallmarks of gentrification—continue to price many Black and Latino people out of their neighborhoods.

Winston-Salem Journal: Michelle Singletary: Credit Scores Are Supposed To Be Race-Neutral. That’s Impossible.

A 2018 study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) found that “while overt redlining is illegal today, having been prohibited under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, its enduring effect is still evident in the structure of U.S. cities.” Access to credit is “an underpinning of economic inclusion and wealth-building in the U.S.,” the report said.

Yahoo News: The Fed Has A Little-Known tool To Address Economic Inequality

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the advocacy group National Community Reinvestment Coalition, has liaised with the Fed on CRA-related issues over the course of his 14 years with the organization. He notes that there has been a change in tone under the leadership of former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, and now Powell. “They are more focused than they ever have before on racial income inequality,” Van Tol told Yahoo Finance.

The Good Men Project: Why Labeling Asian Americans as the Model Minority Is an Insult To Blacks

According to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Asian Americans, on average, beat out the national average on certain metrics:
Asian Americans have the lowest unemployment rate across any household of color with a 3.3% unemployment rate vs the national average of 4.1% in Q1 2020.
53% of Asian Americans have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 33.4% national average in 2017.
In 2017, the household median income of Asian Americans is $87,194, compared to the national median income of $63,179.
Comparatively, here are some stats for Black Americans, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

People’s World: Senate GOP Majority Backs Trump Appointees’ Stand For Redlining

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition made those points in its letter to lawmakers, co-signed by the AFL-CIO, SEIU and others. It also said the coronavirus pandemic exposed continuing redlining, and that the Trump comptroller’s rule would have only made a bad situation worse. Senators agreed.

“For decades, redlining and government bank sanctions–you know how they started,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who would take over the chair of the Senate panel dealing with banking and housing issues if Democrats win Senate control.

“It was the Black codes after Reconstruction. Then it was Jim Crow. Then it was redlining. Now it is locking in discrimination by Trump nominees who have had another Trump appointee working to make it harder to invest.”

“For decades, redlining and government- and bank-sanctioned discrimination left parts of this country–often Black and Brown communities [and] often rural areas…with virtually no investment from banks. All kinds of people had dreams to start businesses, to build houses, to grow and support their communities, but they couldn’t get the loans to do it.”

Reality Times: Is a New Down Payment Tax Break in the Works?

it’s clear that more than FHA is needed to increase minority homeownership. So it’s not surprising that the new legislation is supported by a broad spectrum of the housing industry, from the Mortgage Bankers Association to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

The Colorado Sun: Black-Owned Businesses Weighed Down by Coronavirus Struggle to Stay Afloat

Researchers affiliated with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition sent “mystery shoppers” to banks in the Washington, D.C., area in April and May. They found that white applicants — white men in particular — were significantly more likely to be encouraged to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans than Black applicants with slightly better financial profiles.