Proposed Elimination of US Treasury Community Development Finance Fund will close off economic opportunity for millions of hardworking people in America’s hardest hit communities.
Supporters of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, are weighing the potential for budget cuts against the administration's interest in creating jobs and helping low-income communities. “Obviously there’s a concern about the future support” for the fund, said Jeannine Jacokes, executive director of the Community Development Bankers Association. Jacokes said she hopes that Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin will realize that he “already has some proven and highly effective tools right under his nose at the CDFI Fund.”
Listen to Lisa Servon, Professor of Urban Planning at the New School, discuss her new book, "The Unbanking of American" on NPR's Fresh Air. The book is an anthropological look at the world of informal banking alternatives targeted at low-moderate income communities. Dr. Servon immersed herself into this world and spent several months working a check-cashing business in the South Bronx and as a payday lender in Oakland.