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May 11, 2022 | By Tanya Christian | Ebony
“Once again, Americans who work, pay taxes and tried to do the right thing have been used as cash cows to enrich unaccountable investors and corporate executives,” says Jaylon Herbin, student loan outreach and policy manager at CRL. “The true victims of these abusive loan schemes deserve to have this government-imposed weight removed from their shoulders.”
May 4, 2022
“They are marketing very heavily to an audience that is younger, that might not just have as much experience on how to use credit and what credit implications are or what it means to have multiple loans at one time,” Marisabel Torres, the California policy director of the Center for Responsible Lending, told SFGATE.
April 26, 2022

Information isn't getting to many people on how they can pay off payday loans, which can have an interest rate of up to 400%.

April 22, 2022

About 75% of these business fees are being generated from more than 10 loans a year per person. It's really a debt trap by design. Payday lenders succeed by rolling over loans and getting more loans.

April 22, 2022

A new study found that even creditworthy shoppers may be unable to find traditional mortgages. But the arrangements often lack typical consumer protections.

March 10, 2022

“We have this distorted cross-subsidy where the biggest revenue on checking accounts is coming from the people with the least money, and they’re subsidizing the checking accounts of those with more money,” said Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending.

March 7, 2022

"Overdraft fees kick people when they are down," Nadine Chabrier, policy and litigation counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), said. "Their costs are borne by financially vulnerable consumers. These fees disproportionately harm Black and Latino Americans with a bank account. Overdraft fees are also one of the most common reasons people lose their bank accounts.

February 25, 2022 | By Jaylon Herbin | Blavity

Read an op-ed by CRL's Jaylon Herbin on the $1.7 trillion student debt crisis that is further widening our country’s racial wealth gap

February 21, 2022 | By Ratchet + Wrench

That $28 billion is made up of almost 350,000 loans, most of which are for less than $25,000 each. 

That lingering debt is creating a burden for the smallest businesses, including many run by minority entrepreneurs, say advocacy groups, community leaders and business owners. Some borrowers who say they meet the criteria for forgiveness are struggling with technical snafus, onerous documentation requirements and confusing websites.

February 18, 2022 | By Amy Yee and Andre Tartar | Bloomberg

"We must come through for the most vulnerable," said Aracely Panameño, former director of Latino affairs at the Center for Responsible Lending.

Advocates are also asking the SBA to rescind a rule denying forgiveness to borrowers who made good-faith errors and eliminate 'gotcha' denials of loan forgiveness due to sudden rule changes.