Legal Newsline: CFPB says new rule, under assault from community groups, will help smaller lenders

Legal Newsline, April 12, 2021, CFPB says new rule, under assault from community groups will help smaller businesses

A District of Columbia federal judge now has arguments from both sides in the dispute over whether a new rule changing how mortgage data is collected is “arbitrary and capricious.”

It raises those thresholds from a rule published five years ago, but it will interfere with the ability to make sure lenders are meeting the housing needs of their communities, says a coalition of plaintiffs led by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

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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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