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Policy Agenda

NCRC’s policy positions are determined via consultation with its membership and a vote of the NCRC Board.

NCRC 2015 Policy Agenda

 


INVEST LOCAL
Financial institutions must make significant investments in the communities where they sell products and services. Keeping financial resources circulating in the community fosters stability and future growth.

INVEST FAIR
Every person in a community, regardless of their race, age, or socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to build wealth. Equal access to financial products and services is critical.

INVEST FORWARD
Building community prosperity requires a long-term plan to expand and preserve access to credit and capital. We must commit to thoughtful legislative and regulatory reforms and promote policies that not only stabilize our communities, but also position them for future growth.

INVEST PERIOD
Funding plays a critical role in building community prosperity. Congress, the Administration, and the financial services industry must continue the nation’s economic recovery by investing in communities.

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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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