March 29, 2012 — NCRC President and CEO John Taylor and National Neighbors Silver Ambassador, Annette Smith, testified today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, citing issues like economic security for older adults, foreclosure prevention, and the need to restore funding to vital programs affecting America’s […]
Federal Reserve Approves Capital One Acquisition of ING Direct USA Washington, DC — The Federal Reserve today approved Capital One’s bid to purchase ING Direct with no meaningful conditions. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and hundreds of organizations nationwide opposed the acquisition because it will make Capital One more systemically risky, while not creating […]
Over a dozen consumer and civil rights groups ask OCC for extension of comment period and public hearings Washington, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today announced its opposition to the Capital One acquisition of HSBC’s U.S. credit card business. Over a dozen national consumer and civil rights groups wrote to the Office […]
September 20, 2011 — NCRC President and CEO John Taylor testified today before the Federal Reserve on the Capital One acquisition of ING Direct USA, citing issues like systemic risk, public benefits, the future of community-based banking, and the effectiveness of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Download the Testimony
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. […]
Capital One Denied Homeowner Access to Help for Unemployed Homeowners and HAMP
Washington, DC — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today announced that is has filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Government Office of Human Rights and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), alleging that Capital One has violated local and federal fair housing laws by denying an unemployed homeowner access to a program for unemployed homeowners, as well as a federal mortgage modification program.
“Where there is smoke, there is often fire. Our complaint must be fully investigated to determine if Capital One has routinely denied borrowers the best assistance available to them. Capital One’s failure to participate in mortgage modification programs is cause for serious concern. The regulators should not allow Capital One to take over ING Direct’s $41 billion mortgage portfolio without a demonstration that they are in compliance with the law, and will act to ensure customers have access to the best loan modifications,” said John Taylor, president & CEO of NCRC.
The case concerns Ms. Cembrye Ross, an attorney in the Washington, DC area, who sought help from Capital One for her mortgage when she became unemployed. Capital One did not offer Ms. Ross a sustainable modification, even though she would have qualified for help under both the DC HomeSaver Program, which helps unemployed homeowners, and the federal Home Affordable Modification Program. Capital One, which was not participating in either program, instead steered Ms. Ross to a proprietary modification that was not affordable to her. Following the filing of the complaint, NCRC was able to stay the foreclosure that Ms. Ross faced.
Read letter: NCRC Letter to FSOC regarding Capital One’s acquisition of ING Direct
Washington, DC — Today, ranking member Barney Frank of the House Financial Services Committee sent a letter to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke supporting the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and over a dozen other civil rights and consumer organization’s call for public hearings and an extended comment period on the Capital One acquisition […]