This week, the Senate passed the Payment Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, already passed by the House in May, sending the bill to the president, who is expected to sign it into law. While the act makes necessary improvements to the PPP, more needs to be done to ensure money is going to minority and women-owned businesses and the smallest small businesses.
This is a painful moment for America, but especially and uniquely for African Americans who live with the threat of violence, injustice and police brutality every day, for communities where systemic racism undermines everything, and for a nation that has talked about these issues for too long and yet has been incapable of facing or correcting inequality that began with slavery.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) final Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rule released on May 20 would lessen the public accountability of banks to their communities by enacting performance measures on CRA exams that would be complex and opaque while at the same time over-simplifying how to measure bank’s responsiveness to local needs.
The National Community Reinstatement Coalition (NCRC), the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) and legal oversight group Democracy Forward announced today they intend to sue the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for unlawfully gutting the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).
The government’s emergency spending to help businesses stay afloat isn’t enough to save the economy. Businesses need credit to manage day-to-day operations and to grow – and business lending from banks has dried up during the pandemic. If it doesn’t resume quickly, we’ll likely face a long and deep recession.
When president John F. Kennedy designated the month of May as the first Older Americans Month in 1963 (originally called Senior Citizens Month), many older adults across the country lived in poverty, which was partly the impetus for the designation. Additionally, the designation sought to bring awareness to the needs and supports for the well-being …
COVID-19 has thrown many things we in public health have long been working on into stark relief for a broader audience: the importance of sufficient public health funding; the role of our physical and social surroundings in determining our health; how policies, systems and environments contribute to health inequities; and (perhaps the most visceral realization) how interconnected we all are – as individuals, communities, organizations and sectors – when it comes to health and well-being.
Today, the House of Representatives joined the Senate and passed a $484 billion emergency relief bill, including a $321 billion infusion for the Paycheck Protection Program, the small business rescue fund that ran out of money last week.
The COVID-19 crisis has increased America’s already considerable need for safe, accessible shelters. So this seems as good a time as any to point out that many domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters will flat-out reject potential residents for being transgender and/or non-binary – or place them in separate, isolated housing.