Today, 19 Democratic Senators sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) expressing their disapproval of the agency’s proposed rule to reduce Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting. This comes on the heels of a similar letter sent on June 11 by 63 House Democrats. Jesse Van Tol, CEO of the National Community […]
Data is the sunlight that makes possible the fight against discrimination. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), however, is considering changing its method of disseminating loan data that would make it less readily available to the public and significantly hamper our collective ability to root out unfair and discriminatory practices.
Data on community development lending and investing is lacking on a census tract level, making the information incomplete and difficult to assess. However, this is not the case for home mortgage lending data and small business loan data. If the federal regulatory agencies truly want to reform CRA, the first place to start is with better data. It would be a win-win for both banks and community organizations by facilitating identification of underserved areas. It would also further CRA’s objectives of directing access to credit and capital where it is needed most.
Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to the release of the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC) President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement. “It is clear from this data that much more needs to be done to increase responsible lending to low- and moderate-income communities […]