CRL in the News
Consumer advocates, including the Center for Responsible Lending, opposes giving Congress authority over the CFPB’s budget. The group’s president, Mike Calhoun, said in an interview that doing so would mean a company being investigated by the bureau could go to friends in Congress to prohibit funds from being used for the probe. Congress could scuttle the agency by simply refusing to appoint commissioners to oversee it.
The Rev. Sekinah Hamlin, who leads faith initiatives for the Center for Responsible Lending, says that faith leaders have mobilized, because they expect that the payday lending industry will fight any regulations to curtail their activity. The CFPB will be accepting comments about payday lending until Oct. 7, and the Center for Responsible Lending hopes that people will share letters and comments encouraging CFPB to curtail predatory payday lending.
Progressives such as Robnett want the CFPB to double down on some of its proposed restrictions, which they say don’t go far enough to curb abusive practices. “This ‘ability to repay’ standard must be applied with no exceptions,” said Diane Standaert, director of state policy and executive vice president at the left-leaning Center for Responsible Lending.
Through the legislation (SB 1150), when the sole borrower listed on a mortgage passes away, it entitles widows, widowers, domestic partners, heirs, siblings and other survivors to information and communication from the mortgage servicer. The legislation also provides these surviving persons the right to seek a loan assumption and modification, if needed. Already, the enactment of the bill has been met with applause from certain consumer advocacy groups, such as the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).
According to data from the Center for Responsible Lending, payday lenders collected about a half million dollars from Ohioans in 2015, more than double the fees collected in 2008 when Ohio voters approved a law regulating the industry. Roth believes that's why water-tight federal regulations are needed.
What’s more, African-Americans overwhelmingly rely on mortgages that are backed by the government, noted the Center for Responsible Lending in a statement Friday. Some 70.2% of African-American borrowers were government-backed, nearly double the share of such loans to white borrowers.
“These stark disparities in mortgage lending to borrowers of color and low-wealth families occur to the very people hardest hit by abusive lending and the foreclosure crisis. These disparities also come at a time when our nation’s demographics are changing,” said Nikitra Bailey, executive vice president with the Center for Responsible Lending. “The future health of our mortgage market, a major driver of the economy, relies on closing these gaps.”
On top of that, black consumers in North Carolina are more likely to be targeted by predatory payday lenders. The Center for Responsible Lending found that most payday lenders are located in black neighborhoods. Blacks also face a type of behavior from retailers that adds to the feeling of disenfranchisement, or “shopping while black,” such as the allegations against Macy’s for racial profiling against minority customers.
More Americans are getting car loans. Experts say that for the first and second quarters of this year, loans topped the $1 trillion mark. But, at the same time, the number of people who are failing to make their monthly payments is also on the rise. Chris Kukla is the executive vice president of Center for Responsible Lending, a research and advocacy group that fights against abusive lending practices. He says the number of people who are not making their monthly car loan payments for 30 and 60 days is a red flag. He says hundreds of thousands of people could lose their cars.
An expert panel assembled by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) for its Issues Forum held during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) 46th Annual Legislative Conference cautioned that mortgage lending disparities coupled with public policies and inactions by governmental institutions conspire to impede the growth of Black homeownership. As indicated in NAREB's 2016 report the State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA), the 2016 homeownership rate for Blacks was 41.7%, lower than the national homeownership rate during the Great Depression years of the 1930s.