NCRC Statement on Johnson and Crapo Agreement on Housing Finance Reform

Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to an agreement on housing finance reform released by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson and Ranking Member Mike Crapo, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “We are encouraged that the principles for housing finance reform agreed upon by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson […]

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Capital One / HSBC Credit Card Unit Acquisition

Background on Capital One Acquisition of HSBC Credit Card Unit Join the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and our members and allies across the country in requesting that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency extend the comment period and hold hearings on the Capital One Financial Corporation’s proposal to acquire HSBC’s credit card unit. […]

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Capital One / ING Direct Acquisition Fact Sheets

Background on Capital One / ING Acquisition The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) announced that it will oppose the Capital One acquisition of ING Direct USA, citing serious concerns about the impact of the deal on consumers, communities and the economy. The deal would make Capital One the fifth largest bank in the United States. […]

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Capital One / ING Direct Acquisition

Background on Capital One / ING Acquisition The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) announced that it will oppose the Capital One acquisition of ING Direct USA, citing serious concerns about the impact of the deal on consumers, communities and the economy. The deal would make Capital One the fifth largest bank in the United States. […]

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Restore Housing Counseling Funds to 2012 Budget

Background on Housing Counseling With estimates showing a shadow inventory that numbers in the millions, it’s clear that the foreclosure crisis is not done wreaking havoc on the housing market. It seems that the ideal outcome for families, communities, and investors alike would include avoiding as many foreclosures as possible and keeping homes occupied. A […]

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QRM | Qualified Residential Mortgages

Background on Qualified Residential Mortgages The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”) promoted responsible lending by requiring financial firms to retain 5 percent of the credit risk when they sell loans to investors. Leading up to the crisis, mortgage firms did not carefully underwrite loans and then sold loans to […]

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Advocates and New Yorkers Demand Banks Be Held Accountable

Call for Swift Passage of Responsible Banking Act (Intro. 485)

Council members, advocates and community residents gathered on the steps of City Hall today to demand that banks be held accountable, and to call for the passage of the recently introduced Responsible Banking Act (Intro. 485 – Vann, Recchia). The press conference followed a hearing on the legislation in the New York City Council Committees on Community Development and Finance, also held today.

The Responsible Banking Act is important new proposed legislation that will create a ranking system of banks seeking city deposits based on how responsive they are to the needs of New York City’s neighborhoods. By holding banks that store the city’s money more locally accountable, the bill would incentivize  these financial institutions to engage in practices that are beneficial to all New Yorkers and strengthen their community development efforts in New York City. An evaluation of how these banks contribute to the needs of the City and its communities would be a transparent and important tool of the city in determining which banks it deposits its funds.

The bill is not only a response to the aftermath of predatory lending and other harmful bank practices that contributed to the national financial crisis, but also to continued disengagement by banks within underserved communities. As the effects of this continue to be felt in our city, it is imperative that New York City take affirmative steps to rebuild and strengthen its partnerships with the banking community.  The Responsible Banking Act creates the transparency and oversight necessary to achieve this. The bill would require the Department of Finance, in its role on the NYC Banking Commission, to collect important information related to community development activities performed by banks wanting to be city depositories. These would include whether they provide: mortgage loan restructuring for struggling homeowners; financing for the construction of affordable housing; and/or credit and financial services for small businesses, among other criteria.

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While HAMP Program Continues to Fail, Treasury Hides the Ball

Washington, DC – A new report from the Congressional Oversight Panel shows that the Administration’s leading foreclosure prevention program, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), will modify less than 5% of the loans that will go into foreclosure by program end. An estimated 8 to 13 million foreclosures will take place by 2012. The report […]

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Faith Leaders Call For Congressional Action on Foreclosure Crisis, Bank Lending

                Impact from Foreclosure Crisis Expanding, Churches Feeling the Pain As Thanksgiving Comes Washington, DC – Dozens of faith leaders today joined Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., in calling for congressional action to address the foreclosure crisis and to strengthen and enforce the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), in order to stabilize communities nationwide that have been […]

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