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May 12, 2022
Auto repair chains like Charlotte-based Meineke, and local repair shops nationwide are steering customers to predatory lenders engaged in deceptive and abusive practices, charging up to 189% APR WASHINGTON – A new, just-released report by the Stop The Debt Trap coalition finds auto repair shops across the country, including Meineke, headquartered in Charlotte, are offering predatory loans through EasyPay Finance and Transportation Alliance Bank (TAB Bank) that promise no interest if paid in 90 days but end up costing as much as 189% – even in states where an interest rate that...
May 11, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today approved the nomination of Julia Gordon to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and FHA Commissioner. In response, Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), made the following statement: CRL congratulates Julia Gordon on her confirmation today to lead FHA. She is a dynamic executive who has worked on affordable housing issues across the spectrum, including for rural and low-income borrowers. Ms. Gordon brings extraordinary experience and skills to FHA at a time when all housing market participants...
May 11, 2022
National auto repair chains like AAMCO, JiffyLube, Meineke, and Midas, and local repair shops are steering customers to predatory lenders engaged in deceptive and abusive practices, charging up to 189% APR WASHINGTON – A report released today by the Stop The Debt Trap coalition finds auto repair shops across the country are offering predatory loans through EasyPay Finance and Transportation Alliance Bank (TAB Bank) that promise no interest if paid in 90 days but end up carry annual interest rates up to 189% – even in states where a rate that high is illegal. The report highlights...
May 10, 2022
WASHINGTON – New research released today by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) shows that cancelling $10,000 of federal student loan debt—the minimal amount most often discussed— would only retire 22 percent of Black student debt and 28 percent of Latino debt. It would also provide similarly limited relief to other borrowers, including first generation college students and those already unable to pay their student debt. In contrast, larger levels of cancellation would provide substantial relief for low-wealth and low-income borrowers who need it the most. For example, $50,000 of...
May 5, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal banking regulators today announced proposed rules to revise and modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). In response, Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), made the following statement: Federal banking regulators today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to modernize the rules that implement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This represents a significant step forward in ensuring that financial institutions address the credit needs of Asian, Black, Latino, Native American, rural and other underserved communities....
May 2, 2022
WASHINGTON – In response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) call for public input on how to save Americans billions in junk fees charged by financial companies, leading consumer advocacy organizations submitted an extensive comment letter detailing junk fees across a wide range of consumer financial products and services. The letter was submitted by Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), and National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) (on behalf of its...
April 27, 2022
Hiding Ability to Compare True Costs of Loan Options Lets Lenders Take Advantage of Consumers WASHINGTON – The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) today released a video for Financial Literacy Month to educate the public on why readily providing the APR (annual percentage rate) of payday loans is essential to providing financial fairness for consumers, and to urge Congress and states that still have payday lending to pass a 36 percent rate cap for annual interest on these loans. Payday loans – also known as cash advance loans – cost American families more than $4 billion annually....
April 26, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Starting today at 10 AM ET, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Rohit Chopra testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the CFPB’s Semiannual Report to Congress. He will also testify on the report before the House Committee on Financial Services tomorrow at 10 AM ET. “Director Chopra’s actions to protect consumers from predatory financial practices deserve praise, not criticism, from Congress,” said Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending. “American families need protections from abusive...
April 19, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education announced today changes to its income-driven repayment (IDR) programs that will allow thousands of borrowers to receive immediate relief. About 40,000 borrowers are also scheduled to have their loans cancelled through the Department’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. In response, Jaylon Herbin, outreach and policy manager at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), made the following statement: We are pleased that thousands of borrowers will benefit from this long-awaited policy change that will finally provide low-...
April 15, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Biden Administration announced today that it will nominate Michael Barr as Vice Chair for Supervision at the Federal Reserve. In response, Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), made the following statement: More than ever, our country needs knowledgeable financial regulators at the helm of our country. Michael Barr is a well-qualified choice for Vice Chair for Supervision at the Federal Reserve. Mr. Barr has a record of standing up for regulations – like the Community Reinvestment Act and overdraft protections – that promote...

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