NCRC Calls for Strengthening of FHFA’s Proposed Affordable Housing Goals

Washington, DC – Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) submitted a comment letter on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s proposed 2015-2017 Enterprise Housing Goals.

“The affordable housing goals proposed by FHFA fall far short of what will be needed to ensure that all creditworthy Americans have access to mortgages,” said NCRC President and CEO John Taylor. “We urge FHFA Director Mel Watt to adopt meaningful affordable housing goals that will ensure broad access to conventional mortgage credit for creditworthy borrowers, including working class families.”

See here for the comment letter.

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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