Even within our broad coalition, it is exceedingly rare for so many organizations to come together and to speak with one voice. The tremendous outpouring of opposition to high-cost, short-term loans that put people in a cycle of debt, whether issued by banks or nonbanks, illustrates the importance of this issue to people across the country.
24-Group Organizational letter on the need to collect data on Opportunity Zone tax break that could reduce affordable housing options, displacing lower-income families of color.
AFR Education Fund comment on the need to collect data on Opportunity Zone tax break that could reduce affordable housing options, displacing lower-income families of color.
Letter to HUD: Coalition Letter Asking for DASP Reporting and Deadline Extension Until Reporting Provided
Letter to HUD asking for delay of ANPR until note sale data is released
The Proposal—a plainly outcome-driven, 47-page exercise in grasping for straws—has offered no reasonable basis to rescind that Rule. Based on a distorted focus on the Rule’s “dramatic impacts” on lenders’ ability to engage in a predatory practice, rather than on the need to protect consumers, the Proposal claims that the evidence must somehow be “more robust.” If the Rule requires significant changes for payday and vehicle title lenders, it is because the harm to consumers is dramatic. The Bureau’s new approach would ignore its consumer protection mandate and require the agency to hesitate when consumer harm is the most severe.
We, the undersigned 429 civil rights, consumer, labor, faith, veterans, senior, business, and community organizations from 46 states plus the District of Columbia write to vehemently oppose the proposed rescission of the common sense ability-to-repay requirements of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau)’s 2017 payday and vehicle title loan rule (“Ability-to-Repay Rule” or “Rule”).
Letters to Regulators: AFR Education Fund comment on FSOC’s proposed guidance weakening oversight of nonbank systemically important financial institutions
On May 13, 2019, Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund sent a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council warning about the dangers of weakening oversight of nonbank financial firms even if such a firm could impose a threat to financial stability.
On March 7, 2019, AFR Education Fund and 25 organizations submitted a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the need for strong consumer protections for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans. Read or download a pdf version of this letter
Unfortunately, while we believe it would be possible to adopt standards that meet investors’ reasonable expectations under the Commission’s chosen regulatory approach, the regulatory package as currently drafted does not achieve that goal.
On April 18, 2019, AFR’s Language Access Task Force and several organizations sent a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency in support of its efforts to improve language access for Limited English Proficient borrowers. View or download a pdf copy of the letter.