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Modification Program is Not Working

Coalition of community organizations says HAMP must be revamped; renews call for more aggressive foreclosure prevention efforts

December 8, 2009 

Washington, DC – The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) today said that the government-sponsored Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) is not working, and more aggressive loan modification efforts are necessary to stem the foreclosure crisis. The number of loan modifications made permanent under the program is believed to be in the tens of thousands, compared to the 300,000+ loans that are entering foreclosure each month. As the Obama Administration continues their push to create jobs and further stimulate the economy, the ongoing foreclosure crisis threatens to impede economic growth for years to come, as pay-option adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs), Home Equity Lines of Credit and commercial loans add to the already massive foreclosure numbers.

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Senator Dodd Takes Aim at Real Regulatory Reform

November 10, 2009  

Senate bill creates strong consumer protection agency

Washington, DC – Senator Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, today introduced a financial reform bill that would establish a robust Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), empowered to enforce the Community Reinvestment Act. Creating an agency whose sole mission is to protect consumers within the financial markets is critical in light of the impact of the financial crisis: More than 300,000 homes are going into foreclosure each month, small businesses cannot get the credit they need, and unemployment has risen above 10%. The Senate now has the opportunity to pass robust legislation that is in line with the President’s proposal. The House Financial Services Committee bowed to pressure from the financial services industry and passed a weak bill.

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Consumer protection agency weakened by Congress

October 20, 2009 

How Much Damage to the US Economy Must Occur Before Congress Acts to Protect the American Public?

Weakened financial reform bill protects special interests at the expense of working families.  

Washington, DC – The financial reform legislation that would establish a Consumer Financial Protection Agency has been severely weakened by Congress, which has bowed to the financial industry’s multi-million dollar lobbying campaign. The bill contains loopholes, exemptions and other weaknesses that undermine its ability to protect consumers or prevent another meltdown of the financial system. The failure of the legislation to ensure strong consumer protections is especially troublesome considering the impact the financial crisis has had: more than 300,000 homes going into foreclosure each month, unemployment approaching 10%, and more than 2.5 million people falling into poverty last year. H.R. 3126 is expected to be voted on by the House Financial Services Committee tomorrow.

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A Time to Lead on Financial Reform

Washington, DCThe National Community Reinvestment Coalition said the following on the President’s speech today on financial regulatory reform:

“We applaud the President’s necessary leadership on financial reform. Clearly, the President felt it necessary today to speak out against the weakening of the bill. Unfortunately, the damage from corporate lobbying in Congress may have already been done,” said John Taylor, president and CEO of NCRC.  “We thought Senator Durbin made an apt and figurative statement when he said that the banks owned Congress, but perhaps his comment was meant to be literal. Today’s speech should embolden members of Congress seeking to make the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) strong. Unfortunately, the ability of the proposed CFPA to protect the most financially vulnerable individuals and communities has already been undermined by substantial changes to the bill.”

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Twelve Proposals to Ensure Responsible Global Financial Reform

Washington, DC – On the eve of the G-20 meetings, experts from responsible lending coalitions in the United States and Europe today urged world leaders to embrace strong financial reform to protect consumers and prevent another global recession. Banks and regulators are making credit harder to get for poor consumers and communities across the globe. In response, a movement to ensure that responsible lending, consistent with sand soundness concerns, continues to reach low-wealth communities is expanding. 
 

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Changes to CFPA Weaken an Already Compromised Bill

Washington, DC – The National Community Reinvestment Coalition today criticized changes to H.R. 3126, the House proposal to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency, released in a memo by Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank. The bill introduced in July left communities of color and other financially vulnerable populations behind from the beginning when it left out enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act, the law that addresses access to credit and financial services at a community level, from the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The proposed compromise further undermines provisions that would have protected lower-income populations and communities of color. Failure to address lending at a community level leaves financially vulnerable communities open to the same predatory lending practices that led to the current crisis.

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Are Credit Unions Serving Their Mission?

Washington, DC – The credit union industry lags banks at meeting the credit needs of low- and moderate- income and minority communities according to a new NCRC report “Credit Unions: True to Their Mission, Part II.” The report found that credit unions underperformed banks on 64% of lending indicators designed to measure the provision of financial services to low- and moderate- income and minority people and communities. The findings reinforce the need to improve oversight of credit unions, to ensure that they more equitably meet the credit needs of all populations. It also reinforces the need to apply coverage of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to credit unions.

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Expansion of CRA Would Promote Economic Security and Financial Inclusion for America’s Communities

Washington, DC – The Community Reinvestment Act is one of the most important tools for building wealth and revitalizing neighborhoods— that’s the message of leading experts testifying before the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) today at the hearing on “Proposals to Enhance the Community Reinvestment Act.” Expansion of CRA is on HFSC Chairman Barney Frank’s agenda this year, and is supported by a broad coalition of municipal leaders, civil rights advocates, and housing organizations, led by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Nearly 130 mayors and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have also signed a resolution supporting expansion of CRA.

 

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Multi-Trillion Dollar Lifeline “Saves” Wall Street, Homeowners Left to Fail

Washington, DC – One year ago, the Lehman Brothers investment bank failed. That event resulted in the largest bailout of the financial services industry in history. To date, more than $23 trillion dollars has been provided in investments, loans and guarantees, according to the Special Inspector General overseeing the bailout. But the core problem that triggered the crisis has yet to be fully addressed. Until the home foreclosure crisis has been addressed, the banking system and the economy will remain largely crippled.

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Support the Movement to expand the Community Reinvestment Act!

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on expanding the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) next Wednesday, September 16 at 10 a.m. EST. NCRC’s President and CEO, John Taylor, will be testifying at this important hearing. Click HERE to sign the petition and join thousands of others in calling for the expansion of CRA! 

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NCRC Mourns the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

NCRC Mourns the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

Washington, DC – John Taylor, the president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, today made this statement: “Senator Edward Kennedy was without peer as a Congressional leader; the inspiration he has provided to generations is sore comfort for our sorrow at his loss. His passing is deeply felt by all who strive for a more just society."

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NCRC announces support for Employee Free Choice Act

July 30th, 2009 
Washington, DC -The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, an association of over 600 community organizations dedicated to expanding access to capital and credit, today announced its support for Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The Employee Free Choice Act would expand the right of working people to expand unions to bargain collectively in their work place. NCRC endorsed EFCA out of a deep concern for the pervasive violation of the working people when they attempt to exercise their basic freedom to form unions.
 

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Jim Carr Testifies Before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee

July 16th 
Jim Carr, NCRC Chief Operating Officer, testifies before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology on the subject of "Regulatory Restructuring: Safeguarding Consumer Protection and the Role of the Federal Reserve".

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John Taylor Testifies Before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee

July 16th 
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NCRC’s President and CEO John Taylor testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Hearing on "Community and Consumer Advocates" Perspective on the Obama Administration’s Financial Regulatory Reform Proposal.

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