Summary: Proposed Changes to CRA Q&A

NCRC CRA Q&A Issue Brief.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “Agencies”) recently released a proposed update to the Community Reinvestment Act Q&A. The Agencies regularly review examination policies, procedures, and guidance to better serve the goals of CRA. Following the publication of the full Q&A in 2010 and the additions released in 2013, the Agencies identified several areas that warrant additional guidance. After the Agencies have considered comments received on this proposal, they plan to formally adopt and republish new and revised Q&A.

The deadline for comment is November 10, 2014.

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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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