Consumer Advocacy Groups Submit Comment on the CFPB’s Proposed Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Rule

Washington, DC – Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and other consumer advocacy organizations submitted a joint comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the proposed modifications to Regulation C, which will implement changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The letter applauds the expanded collection of data elements and urges the public release of the new data elements, particularly those that do not pose privacy risks, without delay.

“Enhancing the quality of HMDA data is critically important,” said NCRC’s President and CEO John Taylor. “The expanded data will serve as an improved mechanism to increase the fairness of mortgage markets for all Americans. We urge the CFPB to expedite the collection and public release of this data.”

“We also need the CFPB to begin to collect data on the gender and race of small business owners applying for small business loans, as mandated by Dodd-Frank, in order to illuminate what is occurring in small business lending.”

The comment letter and full list of signatories can be read here.

About the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC):

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development, and vibrant communities for America’s working families.

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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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