Statement by Martin Eakes, CEO, Center for Responsible Lending, on the death of Jack Kemp

Center for Responsible Lending
May 5, 2009

“Jack Kemp had many accomplishments: NFL quarterback, member of  Congress, secretary of HUD, Republican vice presidential nominee. Driving his public service was an unwavering belief that each and every person deserves a chance to succeed. He was a longtime civil rights advocate and champion of home ownership, most recently fighting an uphill battle for policies that would help millions of financially stressed families avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. He helped move the ball forward. We will miss him.” 

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The Center for Responsible Lending is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. CRL is affiliated with Self-Help, one of the nation's largest community development financial institutions.