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June 21, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Office of Management and Budget released a report entitled, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.” This 132-page document details an unprecedented and broad reorganization across many federal agencies. The proposal also addresses the future of mortgage finance, specifically how two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will function. The report notes that these entities have remained under government control since 2008. The proposal would end the government...
June 19, 2018
Today Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) released its annual report, The State of the Nation’s Housing 2018. Published annually since 1988, this year’s report again identifies trends and changes in housing. Key to this year’s findings are: A growing income inequality where the cost of housing has outpaced growth in income, particularly for young and lower-income households; A persistent and worsening racial gap in homeownership, especially between black and white consumers; and The burgeoning impacts of the nation’s still-growing student loan debt that...
May 22, 2018
Meanwhile, FDIC today announced that bank profits this quarter were the highest on record WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just now, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of S. 2155, a partial rollback of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which, since it has already passed the Senate, sends the bill to the President for his signature. The White House has issued a Statement of Administrative Policy in support of the bill. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Senior Legislative Counsel Yana Miles issued the following statement: This bill puts out a welcome mat for many of the same...
May 2, 2018
50 years after the Fair Housing Act, racial mortgage disparities persist WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is both a historic driver of the nation's persistent racial wealth gap and a necessary part of any solution for the nation's housing market, finds new research from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Although FHA has been and remains central in creating homeownership opportunities for borrowers of color, low- to moderate-income borrowers, and lower-wealth borrowers, that was not the case in its early development. CRL's research report is being discussed...
April 25, 2018
*** MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 *** WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, May 2, at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), NAACP, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Urban League, and other national civil rights organizations will convene in Washington, D.C., to host a symposium honoring the 50th year of the Fair Housing Act. At the event, CRL will present a new...
April 4, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Wednesday, April 4, leaders of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) are in Memphis, Tenn., to participate in events honoring the 50th anniversaries of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the enactment of the Fair Housing Act. The Memphis-based activities will begin a month-long series of CRL publicly appearing with allies and advocates to observe Fair Housing Month. Additional events will be shared as confirmed. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Memphis, Tenn. WHAT: The Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) and its co-sponsors the American Federation of...
March 7, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 6, the leadership at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it is changing its mission statement by stripping away language that promises inclusivity and communities free of discrimination. According to news reports, the new mission statement removes the reference to “inclusive” communities “free from discrimination.” The draft statement now reads: “HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation.” In...
March 1, 2018
Center for Responsible Lending & National Urban League Report Shows Senators’ Proposal Would Cost More, Deliver Less WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new research report by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and National Urban League critiques a legislative discussion draft by U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to restructure the nation’s housing finance system, and it criticizes recently published papers supporting it. CRL and the National Urban League’s report finds that the proposed legislation repeals the important public interest mandates within the current...
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 (...

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