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Senate Gridlock On David Uejio Nomination Must End, Community Groups Write

Senate leaders must break the gridlock that has prevented a key housing market watchdog from taking office for more than six months, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and 62 community groups wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in a letter Thursday.

“The delayed confirmation of David Uejio means one of our nation’s key civil rights roles is still empty – impeding HUD’s ability to protect people from discrimination and enact needed internal reforms,” National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Senior Director of Policy Megan Haberle said. “By denying the agency a formal leader in that crucial aspect of its mission, lawmakers are allowing partisanship to undermine the rule of law.”

The Senate has failed to act on Uejio’s nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) since last summer. That failure, the groups wrote, leaves vacant an office that “is instrumental in protecting individuals and communities across the country from housing discrimination.” FHEO “must be adequately staffed, resourced, and empowered so as to fulfill HUD’s mission of providing for fair housing,” the groups wrote, and “[w]e ask that the Senate take action to confirm him expeditiously, so that he can advance FHEO’s important work.”

More information on Uejio’s crucial role and strong record can be found here.

The full text of the letter sent by NCRC and 62 community groups can be found here. The letter was signed by:

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

WITH ACTION

Woodstock Institute

Working In Neighborhoods

 

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The National Community Reinvestment Coalition and its grassroots member organizations create opportunities for people to build wealth. We work with community leaders, policymakers and financial institutions to champion fairness in banking, housing and business. For more, visit NCRC.org

 

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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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