CUInsight: As inflation rises, credit unions remain the backbone for American consumers

CUInsight, June 22, 2022, As inflation rises, credit unions remain the backbone for American consumers

A National Community Reinvestment Coalition study found that since March 2020, banks have closed more than 4,000 branches across the country. At 201 closures per month, they doubled their closure rate which – for the past 10 years – averaged around 99 per month. Over the past five years, one-third of these closures were concentrated in low- to middle-income and minority neighborhoods. In stark contrast, during the same period credit unions have increased their presence in these communities by 2.4 percent.

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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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