Former ITT Tech Students Still Reeling; Declare a Debt-strike

Free Speech Radio News
Then the Department of Education decided that ITT was no longer a qualifying institution for students receiving federal loans. “Obviously it’s a system failure of accreditation.” Whitney Barkley from the Center for Responsible Lending says students in for-profit schools have been left in the lurch when officials fail to act in a corrective and timely way. “It’s obviously a system failure of states who too often just accept that accreditation and allow the school to operate in their state without doing much more to approve them or oversee them. And it is a failure of the Department of Education

Wells Fargo Controversy Rekindles Debate

Kery Murakami | Register Herald
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.

There's High Interest In Cracking Down On Payday Lending — And Pushback, Too

Robert Reed | Chicago Tribune
On the surface, you'd expect consumer activists would be lining up with the CFPB. Not so. While it's getting applause for recommending some changes, there's also pushback from groups that want more aggressive regulations, including those seeking to lay the groundwork for capping interest rates on payday loans. "The CFPB recommendations are a step in the right direction, but they don't go far enough," said Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending, based in Durham, N.C.

We Must Close The Payday Loan Debt Trap Once And For All

Julianne Malveaux | Insight News
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.

Industry, Advocates Scramble for Last Word on Payday Lending

Tara Jeffries | Morning Consult
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.

California Enacts Law to Protect Senior Homeowners from Foreclosure

Jason Oliva | Reverse Mortgage Daily
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).

Share of Mortgages Going to Blacks Has Tumbled Nearly 40% from the Peak

Andrea Riquier | MarketWatch
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.

Blacks Still Shortchanged in Mortgage Market

Charlene Crowell | Black Press USA
“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.”

Economic Forces That Can Turn Protests Into Riots

Aimee Picchi | Moneywatch
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.