NCRC Applauds Nomination of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chair

Washington, DC – Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) applauded the nomination of Federal Reserve Board Governor Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve Board. NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement:

“Janet Yellen is an excellent regulator who is responsive to the needs of consumers. She has been a champion for the Community Reinvestment Act, and understands the importance of the law and its benefit for our communities. With Janet Yellen as Chair, the Federal Reserve would have a leader who looks out for what is best for consumers and communities, rather than what is best for banks. We call for her prompt confirmation as Chair.”

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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