Finance & Commerce: Regulator to start fresh on an anti-redlining rule

Finance & Commerce, July 21, 2021, Regulator to start fresh on an anti-redlining rule

One of the Trump administration’s signature changes to banking rules is being rescinded a little more than a year after it was put in place.

Jesse Van Tol, the chief executive of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a nonprofit group that pressures banks to increase their activities in poorer neighborhoods, said he was pleased that the agency was “finally turning the page on this terrible rule.”

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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