Letter to the Senate: Section 104 of S. 2155 undermines fair lending oversight & investment in underserved communities

The undersigned civil rights, fair housing, consumer, and community organizations write to highlight our strong concerns with Section 104 of S. 2155, “the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Adjustment and Study”.  The tiered reporting proposed in Section 104 for banks and credit unions would undermine efforts to ensure that the nation’s mortgage lenders are serving all segments of the market fairly.  The provisions would exempt 85% of depositories from the updated reporting required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).

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Consumer Advocacy Groups Submit Comment on the CFPB’s Proposed Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data Rule

Washington, DC – Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and other consumer advocacy organizations submitted a joint comment letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the proposed modifications to Regulation C, which will implement changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The letter applauds the expanded collection of data elements and […]

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NCRC Statement on the Release of 2013 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data

Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to the release of 2013 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for 2013 makes it clear that there is a closing window of opportunity for low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color. […]

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NCRC Statement on the Release of 2012 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data

Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to the release of 2012 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “Today, the federal government released Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for 2012. The data shows a recovering housing market but also illustrates the prevalence of persistent racial disparities […]

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New Data Shows Continued Constricted Credit, Racial Disparities in Lending

  Washington, DC — Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) said that new data released by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council showed continued constriction of credit, particularly for low- and moderate income communities and communities of color, and significant disparities in lending by race. The volume of home lending was 7.1 million loans […]

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Improving HMDA Data can be the Answer to Averting another Foreclosure Epidemic

delinquent bill picWashington, DC–On Friday, September 24th, NCRC will testify before Federal Reserve Board on making critical improvements to HMDA data, so that lenders can be held accountable for the types of loans they are issuing to communities.

“We are in an era of some of the most complicated mortgage products to-date and given the strain that bad mortgage loans have put on our economy, lenders should be examined with a microscope now more than ever. In the era of reckless and corrupt lending, it is crucial that HMDA actually does what it was enacted to do, which is identify discriminatory lending patterns and determine if financial institutions are meeting local housing needs,” said John Taylor, president and CEO of NCRC, in reaction to the Federal Reserve’s 2009 HMDA data report.

The recently enacted Dodd-Frank bill mandates significant improvements to HMDA data. NCRC calls upon the Federal Reserve Board and the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to expeditiously implement these improvements. In today’s release, the Federal Reserve Board states that the current HMDA data lacks information on credit scores, property values, and other factors necessary to fully account for disparities in racial access to affordable loans.

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Wall Street Reform Passes the House

Wall Street Reform Bill Passes the House

Washington, DC – Reacting to news that the House has passed the Wall Street reform bill this evening, John Taylor, president & CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), made this statement regarding its passage:

“NCRC is very pleased to see some major steps taken to overhaul the banking system. The bill offers necessary consumer protections that would not have been passed without President Obama’s leadership. The Senate needs to act quickly to send this legislation to the President’s desk.  While it’s been distressing to see the outsize influence that the Wall Street banks have on Congress, it’s time now to get this done, and to move forward with other necessary measures to clean up the mess caused by the reckless and irresponsible behavior of Wall Street.”

“The creation of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) as an independent agency that will be able to create and enforce rules of the road will protect consumers from future abuses. It is critical however that this independence not be undermined by the fact that the Federal Reserve Bank will house, pay for and be part of the oversight agency that has the authority to veto decisions of the CFPB. Only time will tell as to how much influence the banking regulators and others have over this new important agency. We will be paying close attention to the implementation of the agency, to ensure it is set up in a way that maximizes its ability to protect consumers.”

 

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Financial Regulatory Reform Passed by Conference Committee

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Washington, DC- Early this morning, the Conference Committee passed the Financial Regulatory Reform Bill.  John Taylor, NCRC’s president and CEO, made this statement regarding its passing:

“NCRC is very pleased to see some major steps being taken to overhaul the banking system. The bill offers major consumer protections that did not exist prior to President Obama’s and Barney Frank’s call for reform. The creation of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) as a independent agency should be able to create rules and regulations and protect consumers from future abuses. It is critical however that this independence not be undermined by the fact that the Federal Reserve Bank will house, pay for and be part of the oversight agency that has the authority to veto decisions of the CFPB. Only time will tell as to how much influence the banking regulators and others have over this new important agency.”

Major components of the bill include:

Consumer Agency:

  • A strong consumer agency was created to protect consumers and enforce regulations on mortgages, credit cards and other financial products.
  • Independent Funding.
  • Director appointed by the President and Confirmed by the Senate.
  • Enforcement of pay day lenders, and check cashiers.

Help for Homeowners:

  • Assistance to unemployed borrowers facing foreclosure.
  • Money provided for the neighborhood stabilization fund which helps with assistance to borrowers for foreclosed or abandoned properties.
  • Funds provided for counseling (Legal Aid).

 

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HMDA Data Enhancements

Enacted by Congress in 1975, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) requires banks, savings and loan associations and other financial institutions to publicly report detailed data on their home lending activity. Over the years, community organizations and concerned citizens have used HMDA data as a tool to determine which banks are lending in their community. […]

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