The undersigned consumer, civil rights, and housing organizations welcome the CDFI Fund (Fund)’s efforts to more vigorously ensure that the primary mission of any CDFI is to promote community development.

CDFIs are uniquely suited to promote community development and expand financial inclusion. At times, however, we see CDFIs use “financial inclusion” as the central purported justification for permitting irresponsible lending practices, unreasonably high interest rates, and erosion of longstanding consumer protections.

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