NCRC applauds passage of the American Rescue Plan

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan – the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed earlier this week in the Senate, and championed by President Biden, who is expected to sign the bill Friday.

Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), made the following statement:

“I applaud Congress for passing this historic stimulus package. We need it, and this package  lays out a path forward as the nation continues to grapple with the economic, public health and racial justice ramifications of the pandemic. It’s an enormous spending commitment, but the impacts from the pandemic have been staggering. The loss of lives, jobs, wealth and economic activity will not be erased with cash, but some of the day-to-day struggles will be eased. People who are out of work, and homeowners and renters who are on the cusp of losing their homes need the assistance provided in this plan, and they need it now. Struggling small businesses need help now.

“As massive as it is, this bill will not by itself get us back to normal, and normal before the pandemic was terrible for too many people anyhow. Before the pandemic, our economy was great for a handful of thriving cities but also a force for gentrification and displacement of longtime, lower-income residents in them. It was a disaster for many more communities that endured decades of disinvestment. They are now even weaker after the pandemic.

“This is a rescue plan for a nation in crisis, not a reinvention plan, and that’s what’s needed next so we can really build back better. I look forward to working with the administration and members of Congress to continue pushing forward toward a just recovery, not just a recovery. We need to aim for a nation that is stronger, fairer and more just than it was before the pandemic.”

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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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