AFR released housing policy recommendations to promote equitable housing access for all people in the United States, minimize pervasive harm from the COVID-19 pandemic, hold predatory actors accountable, and expand sustainable opportunities in communities of color.
Letters to Regulators: Letter to the OMB Opposing Proposed Redefinition of Metropolitan Statistical Areas
AFREF joined a letter opposing the Office of Management and Budget’s proposal to redefine metropolitan statistical areas. The OMB’s proposal would result in a substantial loss for undeserved and under-invested communities by reducing the number of low and moderate income census tracts eligible for Community Reinvestment Act credit and decreasing the number of banks providing Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, which may pose increased challenges to fair lending enforcement.
News Release: Experts: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Goldman Sachs Case Could Have “Devastating Consequences” for Investors, Market Confidence
Will the U.S. Supreme Court allow investors defrauded by Goldman Sachs during the financial crisis to have their day in court? Or, will the Court rule in favor of Goldman Sachs and, in so doing, create a roadmap that publicly traded companies can use to make false and misleading statements that will harm Main Street investors and dramatically undermine market confidence by making it impossible for any investor to rely on the public statements of companies?
AFREF joined our partners to send a letter urging HUD to take further steps to protect FHA borrowers facing COVID-related hardships form foreclosure, including requiring servicers to communicate the availability of several loss mitigation options, providing guidelines for contacting borrowers before the end of a forbearance, and collect performance data on COVID-19 loss mitigation options and make this information available to the public.
News Release: Billionaire Landlords Profit by $24.4 Billion and Hoard Cash as Millions Face Eviction During the Pandemic
Billionaire corporate landlords have increased their wealth by $24 billion and have raised over $245 billion as millions of American families face a wave of evictions.
New report showing how a handful of billionaire corporate landlords increased their wealth by $24 billion during the pandemic and have raised over $245 billion to tighten their grip on the housing sector. Meanwhile millions of families are under imminent threat of eviction.
AFR organized a letter of support for two bills expanding and improving language access for mortgage transactions that will make important strides in improving access to the mortgage market and awareness of the availability of assistance for homeowners who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. LEP borrowers face many challenges that impede their full participation in the consumer marketplace, including, specifically, their ability to obtain and preserve ownership of a home. Tracking and transferring the language preference of LEP borrowers and enhancing the availability and use of services and resources in their preferred languages will significantly improve market access for LEP borrowers at all stages of a mortgage loan.
AFREF joined a letter urging the CFPB and the FTC to take immediate action to prevent or limit imminent rental evictions and home foreclosures in the private mortgage market.
New Release: AFREF Statement: Consumer, Civil Rights, Housing and Small Business Groups Urge the Federal Reserve Board to Strengthen Community Reinvestment Act Framework with Focus on Increasing Equity in Bank Investments and Access to Sustainable Credit for Communities of Color and Low and Moderate Income Families
Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund (AFREF) and 20 consumer, civil rights, small business, and other public interest partners submitted a comment letter to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (FRB) on its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).
Letters to Congress: Letter Urging Congress to Provide Greater Assistance for Homeowners in COVID Relief Plan
AFR joined a letter urging Congress to expand assistance to homeowners in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. The letter, which followed a previous letter to the Biden Administration urging for similar protections, requested that the upcoming COVID relief package include $25 billion for direct assistance to homeowners, with the bulk of the funds deployed through state housing finance agencies through the Homeowner Assistance Fund and including at least $100 million for housing counseling and $39.7 million for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program.