Chase’s arrival in the D.C. area is significant in part because it has been accused of lending discrimination here.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition
JPMorgan Chase will open 70 new branches in the District.
Wells Fargo could face a $1 billion fine from the CFPB, the largest in history, but is that enough? Join Stacy Cowley, Kerri Miller, and NCRC’s John Taylor. Also discussed, Mick Mulvaney’s CFPB, breaking up the big banks, and El Chapo’s drug cartel.
Fair-lending enforcement would not happen in earnest until years after the Fair Housing Act, not until the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 required financial institutions go on record about what they considered their market area. The law intentionally created a conundrum for any institution that was redlining: How could it accept deposits from customers to whom it was unwilling to lend?
Bank regulators have not even proposed a plan yet for overhauling the Community Reinvestment Act, but stakeholders likely to weigh in on the plan are already establishing battle lines.
The Department of Treasury has released a long-awaited report recommending the first meaningful reform to the Community Reinvestment Act since 1995.
The report “addressed what we have for a long time talked about with assessment areas. We think that is a step in the right direction,” said John Taylor, President and CEO of NCRC. But Taylor wanted to make sure that regulators do not lose sight of the importance of branch locations if they expand the assessments to other areas.
Researchers at NCRC compared HOLC maps, the most comprehensive documentation of discriminatory lending practices, with modern-day census data to determine how much neighborhood demographics have changed in 80 years.
Those who don’t have a generous pre-approval letter from a lender in their pocket might find themselves out of luck when they go house hunting. That’s why some of the biggest players in housing finance are making new efforts to open up housing options for low- and middle-income buyers.
Chase’s only DC office isn’t technically a branch, which allows it to dodge CRA regulations.
Memories of those difficult days seem to have faded from the public consciousness, as have the lessons we learned on how we got there in the first place.
After the Senate passed its Dodd-Frank reform bill Wednesday night, sending it to the House to be voted on, experts began to voice their opinions of the bill – but no one agrees.
Washington, DC – Today, community groups led by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) sent a letter to Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin expressing concerns about the declining capital buffer at the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. …
Buffalo, NY – Today, in an agreement reached with the Buffalo Niagara Community Reinvestment Coalition (BNCRC), a National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) community-based coalition in the Buffalo, NY metropolitan area, Northwest Bank announced a commitment of $101.97 million for community development, including lending and investments. The agreement will take place over a five-year period, and …
Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to updates to the Common Securitization Platform released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: “The potential that the Common Securitization Platform (CSP) will be opened up in the future to entities other than government-sponsored enterprises — Fannie Mae …