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The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) provides tools and resources for organizations and policymakers seeking to understand how financial services impact communities nationwide.

Resources and topics addressed include: the Community Reinvestment Act, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, predatory and abusive lending, foreclosure, neighborhood stabilization and lending disparities.

Pro Bono Data Analysis
NCRC provides data services for its members. These analyses describe overall home and small business lending trends on the state, local and neighborhood level.

Public Sector Consulting
NCRC has conducted numerous in-depth studies for public sector clients, including Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Appalachia Regional Commission, the City of Philadelphia, and other cities.

Contact the research department today to find our more: 202-628-8866.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 03:23 PM

A New Dawn: Age-Friendly Banking

Washington, DC –  Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) released a new report entitled “A New Dawn: Age-Friendly Banking.” The paper provides an overview of the current economic vulnerability of older adults and proposes a core set of age-friendly banking principles.

To read the report, click here.

National Neighbors Silver is a multi-year campaign to empower, organize and support economically vulnerable older adults. Combining advocacy, organizing and direct services the campaign promotes access to quality banking services and adequate housing for older adults. Working with the banking industry, the aging network and housing experts, National Neighbors Silver offers a platform for policy and program solutions to build economic security and preserve wealth for aging Americans.

NCRC would like to thank Atlantic Philanthropies for providing generous support to research and develop the age-friendly banking framework.


To read the guide, click here.

Washington, DC – Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition released a new Fair Housing Planning Resource Guide, entitled "Understanding the Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule." This guide is intended to serve as resource for housing & community development professionals who are seeking to understand the recently proposed United States Department of Housing & Urban Development Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 19th, 2013.

To read the guide, click here.

Washington, DC – Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition released a new white paper, "A Guarantee for the Guarantee: Two Proposals to Ensure that the Future Secondary Mortgage Market Serves All Creditworthy Borrowers." The paper introduces two policy proposals designed to promote access and ensure that the future secondary mortgage market serves all creditworthy borrowers through conventional lending.

The first proposal is called the "Status Quo Access Model," and applies the existing requirements of GSE affordable housing goals to any future secondary market entity.

Alternatively, the second proposal, the "Incentive Model," introduces a sliding-cost scale tied to a secondary market entity's business activities that address unmet housing needs.

These models address a critical omission in current GSE reform proposals: none of the proposals make any clear commitment to ensuring access to conventional lending for the full scope of America's creditworthy borrowers.

To read the white paper, click here.

On June 25, 2013, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced "The GSE Reform Act of 2013." A bipartisan group of five senators co-sponsored the bill, including Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mike Johanns (R-NB), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jon Tester (D-MT). Unfortunately, the Corker-Warner legislation is problematic and raises significant red flags about Congress' view of the future of the secondary market's obligation to extend affordable housing opportunities—in the form of homeownership and rental units—to low-income, minority and traditionally underserved individuals.

Download the paper here.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a series of amendments to the Ability-to-Repay rule, which is set to go into effect January 10, 2014. The rule, originally issued in January of this year, holds lenders legally responsible for acting in good faith and making a reasonable determination, before closing, that a homebuyer has a realistic chance of repaying a mortgage loan. The rule will set the tone for the U.S. mortgage market because it places a legal duty on lenders to ensure that a consumer can afford to pay their mortgage. The law will presume lenders have complied with this duty only if they issue qualified mortgage (QM) loans. Because of this presumption, and the increased legal protection it provides, it is expected that almost all lenders will minimize the origination of non- QM loans. The CFPB's amendments to the rule relate directly to the underwriting requirements for qualified mortgages and address:

  • How loan originator compensation is to be calculated in determining points and fees;
  • The elimination of the 43 percent debt-to-Income ratio for some qualified mortgage loans issued by small lenders;
  • Increasing the amount that small lenders may exceed the average prime offer rate from 1.5 percent to 3.5 percent;
  • Delaying the phase-out of balloon-payment loans;
  • The exemption of government agencies, programs, and credit products from the ability-to-pay rule entirely.

Download the paper here.

May 15, 2013

Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) released an analysis of home and small business lending in Washington, DC. The analysis of 2011 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data on lending from six major banks and the lending market as a group shows racial and gender disparities in home lending.

The analysis found that all lenders in the Washington, DC market as a group made a disproportionately low percentage of home loans to African-Americans, low- and moderate-income (LMI) borrowers and female borrowers.

Download the paper here.