Preparing for an Eleventh-Hour CRA LAR Resubmission

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) aims to ensure that lending institutions provide small businesses with critical access to funding and support the needs of the communities in which they operate. Lenders who meet a certain asset-size threshold for two consecutive years must submit their previous year’s lending records for evaluation by March 1 of the [...]

March 21st, 2024|

Patriot Bank Agrees to $1.9M Settlement for Redlining

Patriot Bank, based in Millington, Tennessee, has agreed to enter into a consent order with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve the federal government's allegations that the bank avoided providing mortgages to people living in, or seeking to live in, majority Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.  Patriot, a community bank with eight branches, serves [...]

January 19th, 2024|

Redlining Enforcement Ramp Up: Prepare Now

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced recently that through its “Combatting Redlining Initiative,” it has secured more than $107 million in relief for communities nationwide experiencing lending discrimination. Attorney General Merrick Garland declared, “This work is just the beginning - the Justice Department currently has over two dozen active investigations into redlining, spanning neighborhoods [...]

October 27th, 2023|

Regulators Issue Final Rule to Modernize the CRA

On October 24th, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency, Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued a final rule to strengthen and modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). This revision to the CRA regulation, the first comprehensive update since 1995, was issued with the following stated goals:  Encourage banks to expand [...]

October 25th, 2023|

What Banks Need to Know: The Community Credit Needs Assessment

Under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), examiners will assess the community credit and development needs in a bank’s assessment area. A community credit needs assessment – which may also be referred to as a community needs assessment – is a component of the analysis of performance context in a CRA examination. It is intended to [...]

August 23rd, 2022|

Improve Data Accuracy with these CRA Reporting Tips

Get It Right: It’s a mantra for HMDA reporting, and it’s equally critical in CRA small business reporting for regulatory compliance. Three of the four critical fields to CRA reporting routinely cause lenders problems: Loan Amount, Loan Location and Gross Annual Revenues of $1 Million or Less. The right answer depends on such specifics as [...]

August 8th, 2022|

Proposed CRA Changes: An Overview

In May 2022, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), including reclassification of small, intermediate, and large banks; new qualitative and quantitative test processes, and clarifying the definition of Community Development, with [...]

July 20th, 2022|

Cadence Bank Settles with DOJ, OCC Over Lending Discrimination Allegations

The Justice Department has announced a settlement with Houston-based Cadence Bank to resolve allegations that the bank engaged in lending discrimination by ‘redlining’ predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods in the Houston area. The Department alleged that the bank engaged in redlining between 2013 and 2017 by avoiding providing loans and other home mortgage services in majority-Black [...]

September 1st, 2021|

NYDFS Calls For Nonbank Community Lending Requirements, Cites Hunt Mortgage

On February 4th, State financial regulators cited Buffalo-based Hunt Mortgage Corp. (Hunt) for weakness in lending to minorities and minority neighborhoods, as they released a report finding an overall lack of lending by nonbank mortgage companies in Buffalo, despite laws banning the practice of redlining. Hunt is a subsidiary of Hunt Real Estate Corp., the [...]

February 8th, 2021|

Updated Census Bureau Data May Create New Compliance Risk for Lenders in 2022

Download This Article With the transition between presidential administrations, new regulations, and the ongoing effects from the pandemic and corresponding economic crisis, lenders are facing a dynamic environment in 2021 with respect to managing compliance risk under Fair Lending laws and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). There is another factor, however, receiving less attention but [...]

January 25th, 2021|

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