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NCRC Applauds Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC Efforts to Expand CRA Credit for Activities in Response to COVID-19

Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a joint statement providing guidance to financial institutions on how they can receive credit on their Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) activities to low- and moderate-income people and communities affected by the coronavirus. 

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of NCRC, made the following statement:

“As we start to see more people lose income, it becomes clear that the potential financial consequences of this global pandemic could be catastrophic for millions of low- and moderate-income (LMI) people and communities. Financial institutions are on the front lines, and CRA is a significant tool at their disposal. We applaud the Federal Reserve, FDIC and OCC in providing comprehensive guidelines to banks on how they can receive CRA credit for helping people and communities be resilient and rebuild post crisis.”

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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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