With the average borrower earning $25,000 to $30,000 a year, whatever difficulty led them to a payday loan store or web site, made their lives even worse. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Capitol Hill hearing takes up the war between the needy and the greedy

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Any universe with payday lending is answering the question of how to make poverty a sustainable profitable enterprise,” noted Boston’s Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). “Well a lot of people are getting rich off of keeping people poor. And so how do we reform anything that’s based on that premise? The short answer is, we don’t.” […read more]

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“How do we ensure that future generations of all backgrounds live in neighborhoods rich with opportunity?” said Debby Goldberg, Vice President of Housing Policy and Special Project with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA). “Fair housing. Fair housing can ultimately dismantle the housing discrimination and segregation that caused these inequities in the first place.” (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: After 51 Years, Fair Housing Still an Unfinished Journey

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “According to the National Fair Housing Alliance, individuals filed 28,843 housing discrimination complaints in 2017,” said Waters. “Under the Trump Administration, fair housing protections are under attack…. According to news reports Secretary Carson proposed taking the words ‘free from discrimination’ out of HUD’s mission statement,” the Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) […read more]

Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending’s communications deputy director. She can be reached at Charlene.crowell@responsiblelending.org. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Education Department helps loan servicers instead of borrowers

NNPA NEWSWIRE — …a newly-released audit report finds fault with how the Department of Education (Department) is managing both its loan funds and its 15 contract student loan servicers. According to an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released on February 12, “borrowers might not have been protected from poor services, and taxpayers might not have been protected from improper payments.” […read more]

A new and independent research report entitled, Driving Into Debt, found that the money now owed on cars is up 75 percent since the end of 2009, an all-time record. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Auto loan delinquencies climbed to $9 billion in 2018

NNPA NEWSWIRE — … in April of last year, Congress used the Congressional Review Act to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) auto finance guidance that held auto lenders responsible for discriminatory lending practices prohibited under the Equal Credit Protection Act. This distorted use of the Congressional Review Act, sometimes known as another CRA, was never intended to overturn long-standing agency practices. […read more]

Kathy Kraninger, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the agency’s plan to repeal a rule aimed at stopping the payday lending debt trap. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History Month

NNPA NEWSWIRE — When given the chance at the ballot box, Americans overwhelmingly vote to impose a 36 percent or less rate cap. Today, 16 states and the District of Columbia have these rate caps in place, providing strong protection from payday loan sharks. In remaining states – those without a rate cap – interest rates run as high as 460 percent in California, over 400 percent in Illinois and 662 percent in Texas. […read more]

The fiery and bold Black lawmaker who earned a reputation for challenging Wall Street and major lenders during the housing crisis will now set the direction for a range of financial players, regulators, and institutions.
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COMMENTARY: California Congresswoman Maxine Waters Makes History

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Congresswoman Maxine Waters is now the first Black and the first woman to chair the powerful House Financial Services Committee. Having served on this committee since 1995, and its Ranking Member in the previous Congress, Waters will set the committee’s agenda in key areas affecting the economy, banking, housing, insurance and securities. […read more]

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Black Wealth Still Plummeting

PRECINCT REPORTER NEWS — “For households of color, the Great Recession erased the economic progress made over the past three decades in their entirety,” said Astrada. “If current trends continue, it will take 228 years for the average Black family to reach the level of wealth White families own today. For the average Latinx family, matching the wealth of White families will take 84 years.” […read more]