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September 19, 2018
OAKLAND, CALIF. – California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law SB 818, a bill to restore key provisions in California’s landmark “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights” (HBOR) legislation which passed in 2012 in response to the foreclosure crisis. HBOR has prevented thousands of avoidable foreclosures by requiring mortgage loan servicers to engage in timely, fair and transparent process with struggling homeowners before proceeding to foreclosure. The bill’s sponsor is Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose), who introduced the bill after concerns that HBOR has been weakened by the 2017 legislative sunsets...
September 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today before a U.S. House Financial Services Committee hearing on reforms to the housing finance system and the future of Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) presented testimony that called for a trio of components to be preserved and strengthened. Together these principles will build upon housing reforms that have already occurred, while also bolstering the current ‘duty-to serve’ mandate: Broad access to all credit-worthy borrowers; Inclusion of small financial institutions such as community banks and credit unions;...
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...

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