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NCRC Letter Urging Senate To Vote On Delayed David Uejio Nomination

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March 24, 2022

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Majority Leader
United States Senate
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Re: Confirmation of Dave Uejio as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Dear Senator Schumer:

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our strong concern over the continuing delay in confirming David Uejio as Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity plays a critical role within our civil rights enforcement infrastructure, both in setting policy within the agency and because of HUD’s work on the ground protecting communities across the country from discrimination. Mr. Uejio is highly qualified for this position, as demonstrated by his professional record and in his Congressional hearing. We urge the Senate to advance his nomination and confirm him without further delay.

As a number of us emphasized when writing to the Senate Banking Committee in August 2021, Mr. Uejio’s depth of expertise in fair lending and organizational management, along with his distinguished track record of public service, makes him an exemplary nominee to lead HUD’s fair housing work at this critical juncture. Currently, Mr. Uejio serves as the Acting Associate Director for Supervision, Enforcement, and Fair Lending at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the only federal agency whose sole charge is to protect consumers in the financial markets.

Under Mr. Uejio’s leadership earlier in the Administration as CFPB Acting Director, the Bureau laid out a clear path forward to restore its important supervisory role, elevated and strengthened its fair lending work, protected military families from abusive credit products and took important steps to address the growing housing instability crisis. Under his leadership, the agency also proposed a robust and comprehensive Section 1071 rule that would require the collection of data enabling stakeholders to identify and narrow racial and gender disparities in lending, and it issued new guidance clarifying that sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination are covered by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Mr. Ueijo has helped to position the Bureau to continue its important fair lending and consumer protection priorities. He has years of experience in agency leadership and in serving the public, including the key roles he has held at the CFPB since 2013 and his prior public service at the Department of Defense and the Institutes of Health.

We write again now to underscore the importance of confirming Mr. Uejio without additional delay. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is instrumental in protecting individuals and communities across the country from housing discrimination, and must also be equipped to play an active role in setting policies to guide fair housing throughout HUD (including in each of the agency’s program areas). FHEO must be adequately staffed, resourced, and empowered so as to fulfill HUD’s mission of providing for fair housing, especially given the severe consequences of housing discrimination on quality of life, economic security and advancement, and community well-being. As Assistant Secretary for FHEO, Mr. Uejio will bring a high level of commitment and expertise to a critical role within government. We ask that the Senate take action to confirm him expeditiously, so that he can advance FHEO’s important work.

Sincerely,

National Community Reinvestment Coalition

727 Mgt LLC

Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Inc.

AIDS Alabama

Americans for Financial Reform

Black Women’s Wealth Alliance

BSI/AfDiDi

Builders of Hope CDC

California Coalition for Rural Housing

Ceiba

Center for Disability Rights

Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research (CLEAR)

Center for Responsible Lending

Centre for Homeownership & Economic Development Corporation

Clarifi

Communities First, Inc.

Community Growth Fund

Community Link

Community Outreach Training Center Inc

CommunityWorks in West Virginia

Consumer Action

Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council, Inc.

Devotion USA, Inc.

Equality California

Fair Finance Watch

Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, Inc.

Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc.

Goldenrule Housing & Community Development Corp

Henderson and Company

Homeownership Council of America

Homes on the Hill, CDC

Housing on Merit

Housing Oregon

Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative

JOVIS

Liberation in a Generation

Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition

National CAPACD

National Fair Housing Alliance

National Housing Law Project

National Housing Resource Center

Neighborhood Improvement Association

Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance

Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation, Inc

People’s Opportunity Fund

Piedmont Housing Alliance

Pima County Community Land Trust

Prosper Waco

Prosperity Now

Real Estate Education And Community Housing Inc

REBOUND, Inc.

Revolving Door Project

Silver State Equality-Nevada

South Dallas Fair Park ICDC

Southern Dallas Progress Community Development Corporation

TCH Development, Inc

The Cherry Community Organization

Town of Apex

United Housing, Inc.

Urban Land Conservancy

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Woodstock Institute

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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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