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February 2, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, a leaked version of a housing finance proposal from U.S. Senators Bob Corker (TN) and Mark Warner (VA) emerged that would severely harm America’s housing market. Today, several civil rights and affordable housing groups issued a statement on the proposal’s negative impact on access, affordability, and market stability. The Center for Responsible Lending, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NAACP, National CAPACD, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Urban...
January 10, 2018
Proposed Changes In Housing Finance Reform Could Reduce the Ability of Community Banks and Credit Unions to Provide Mortgage Credit WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Brookings Institution’s Center on Regulation and Markets published a report by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) on the state of the rural housing market. While almost a quarter of Americans live in rural communities, they are often overlooked in policy discussions. The CRL report analyzes the most recent Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data and reviews aspects of proposed changes to the Government Sponsored Enterprises (...
December 15, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading civil and human rights organizations and housing policy advocates wrote in a letter today that both the U.S. Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees to demand that stakeholders—now excluded from current Congressional discussion on reforming the nation’s housing finance system—be expanded to include all voices and perspectives. Organizations seeking to advise the congressional committees are: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, Center for Responsible...
October 25, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Nikitra Bailey, an Executive Vice President with the Center for Responsible Lending testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform.” Bailey reviewed the secondary mortgage market’s history as it relates to low-wealth communities and consumers of color, citing past federal policies that excluded communities of color from homeownership, and its accompanying opportunity to build wealth. Bailey’s testimony today underscores how federal policy has both...
September 29, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC. - A new analysis of 2016 mortgage lending data by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) again finds a continued lack of access to conventional loans among consumers of color and low-wealth families, but that the mortgage market has rebounded slightly from the foreclosure crisis and Great Recession. Enacted by Congress in 1975, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) requires an annual public accounting of the nation’s mortgage lending. Its data provides critical information for both the public and financial sectors by alerting the nation to trends on the groups of...
September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC. - Today and as part of the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) will convene a panel of housing stakeholders this afternoon. The session entitled, “State of Housing in Black America: Considering the Future,” will examine mortgage industry practices, and whether the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted in 2010, created barriers for African-Americans seeking homeownership opportunities. Nikitra Bailey, an executive vice president with the Center...
June 29, 2017
Under Consideration Today, House Financial Services Appropriations Bill Would Weaken Critical Protections for Consumers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) denounced the House Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government FY ’18 appropriations bill, which is being marked up right now in subcommittee. The legislation proposes a dangerous deregulatory agenda, including the removal of borrower protections in the housing market and the evisceration of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Created in the wake of the 2007 financial...
June 29, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) President Mike Calhoun testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs for a hearing entitled, “Principles of Housing Finance Reform.” In his testimony, Calhoun argued that any proposed legislation to reform the U.S. housing system must ensure broad access for all creditworthy borrowers and permit equal participation for small lenders and community banks. Calhoun also cautioned that reform has already occurred with the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and through the new independent...
June 21, 2017
Measure Would Strengthen Enforcement of Consumer Protection Laws for Military Servicemembers and their Families WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) announced its endorsement of the Military Consumer Enforcement Act, a bill introduced today by former Army Ranger Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Members of the Armed Services and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committees respectively. The legislation would give the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) authority to oversee and enforce compliance with...
June 6, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of national civil rights organizations sent a letter to U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today urging them to fight against legislative efforts that would eliminate affordable housing goals in GSE reform. The letter is in response to a recent housing report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report recommended policies that would make it extremely difficult for low-income families and communities of color to participate in the housing market today and in the future. The letter was signed...

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