Press Releases
Washington, DC -- On Tuesday, July 24, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition's Small Business Teaming Center will hold an event to introduce the procurement community to the concept of small business teaming, and give small business owners the opportunity to network. NCRC's Small Business Teaming Center puts together teams of small businesses with complementary capabilities to allow them to compete for large federal contracts they would not be able to win individually. The center is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and managed by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. "Small business teaming is an innovative concept that will…
Washington, DC –  The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for their enforcement action against Capital One. The action follows NCRC's challenge of Capital One's acquisition of ING Direct and HSBC's credit card unit. NCRC argued that the company should not be allowed to become Too-Big-to-Fail given its record on consumer issues. "CFPB's enforcement action sends a clear message: it's a new day. We applaud the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for doing exactly what Congress intended for them to do: acting as a nimble and powerful agency that protects consumers against unfair and abusive…
Washington, DC – Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and its member organization, the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), released a set of resources to aid the advancement of local responsible banking ordinances in cities throughout the nation. Local responsible banking ordinances are laws designed to ensure responsible loans, investments, and services for modest-income and minority neighborhoods. The ordinances require an evaluation of financial institution performance in serving modest-income and minority neighborhoods as part of the criteria for deciding which institutions receive municipal deposits and other city business. In order to empower organizers, advocates and lawmakers seeking…
Washington, DC – Today, David Berenbaum, Chief Program Officer of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), will testify in a hearing before the Congressional Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity. In the hearing, entitled Appraisal Oversight: The Regulatory Impact on Consumers and Businesses, NCRC will call upon Congress to enact a series of reforms designed to improve the appraisal process for all Americans, and particularly for low to moderate income communities and communities of color. NCRC will be the sole consumer organization represented at the hearing. “Inflated and inaccurate appraisals contributed to the foreclosure crisis,” said John Taylor, NCRC…
Generating Real Opportunities for Work Transforming Housing Initiative Announced by President Clinton at Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting Washington, DC – The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and its principal partners, including Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), NALCAB—National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders and the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), introduced today an initiative to train workers to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use. The initiative – Generating Real Opportunities for Work Transforming Housing (GROWTH) – was announced by former President Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago on Friday. "The…
New York City, NY -- This month, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition's (NCRC) New York City Minority Business Center will begin a working collaboration with the National Minority Angel Network (NMAN), a new organization dedicated to fostering investment in minority-led and owned start-up businesses. To kick off this new collaborative initiative to connect minority-led and owned businesses with investors, the New York City Minority Business Center and NMAN will cohost a reception for potential investors on May 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm. NCRC's New York City Minority Business Center provides management and business consulting services to minority business enterprises, and…
Washington, DC -- Tomorrow, in honor of Older Americans month, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) will hold a senior services fair in Washington, DC. At this event, NCRC will provide information to older Americans about loan modifications, changes to modification programs, housing scams and fraud specifically targeting seniors. Attendees will also be provided with a benefits checkup. "We need to ensure that older Americans are well informed about both the resources that are available to them and the scams that are out there," said NCRC President and CEO John Taylor. "NCRC is dedicated to empowering older Americans and making sure…
Washington, DC -- Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) applauded the passage of responsible banking ordinances in New York City and Los Angeles, and commended the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), an NCRC member organization, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcón for their efforts advancing the initiatives. “This is a beacon of things to come,” said NCRC President and CEO John Taylor. “Local governments are becoming empowered to hold banks accountable to investing in our communities in a responsible way. In effect they are saying if you want to do business with our city, you have…
Washington, DC -- In the wake of a troubling new report from SNL Financial showing major banks pulling out from low-income areas, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) has called for banking regulators to investigate the trend and take action. The SNL Financial report, entitled "Banks follow the money and exit lower-income areas," finds that the major banks have primarily built bank branches in higher income areas since 2006, while pulling out of low- and moderate-income communities. NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement: "This is a highly disturbing trend. Bank branches are critical to building wealth…
Washington, DC -- The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) has filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Adrian Cronauer and the Cronauer Law Center. Mr. Cronauer, who is best known as the radio disc jockey who inspired Robin Williams' character in the film Good Morning Vietnam, now runs Cronauer Law Center, a Washington, D.C. based law firm. NCRC's complaints allege that Mr. Cronauer and Cronauer Law Center have intentionally misled consumers through misrepresentations and deceptive and fraudulent loan modification and foreclosure prevention practices. NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following…