This report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia summarizes innovative activities from banks' Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations in the areas of job creation, education and workforce development, and transportation and affordable housing. It also examines potential mechanisms through which the CRA could help promote economic prosperity and alleviate poverty in the process of channeling capital into low- and moderate-income communities.
Sunrise Banks and Hiawatha Academies have partnered to mobilize some of Sunrise's recent $70M New Markets Tax Credit allocation to construct a new campus for Hiawatha Collegiate High School. The school enrolled 475 students this fall, and through this new facility, it will grow to a full capacity of 788 students and 84 staff. "The Hiawatha Academies project is a great example of the positive impact of the NMTC Program one block at a time," said Sunrise Banks CEO David Reiling.
Earlier this month, minority bankers from across the country convened in Washington, DC to discuss wealth-building strategies. Carver State Bank President Robert James spoke at the conference, addressing the need for black-owned banks to tailor their marketing materials to attract millennial customers.
City First Bank has partnered with SOLE Financial to offer a payroll card program to its business clients who employ unbanked workers. This program will reduce the burden that paper payroll checks place on the unbanked. Their clients will save significant revenue at the company level as well as save on check cashing fees at the individual employee level by transitioning from paper checks to the SOLE Paycard. Charlene Davis, VP Branch Relationship Manager at City First, said, "This partnership supports our mission to continuously provide services to low- and moderate-income communities."
The First, A National Banking Association has acquired First Community Bank, a CDFI based in Chatom, AL. First Community serves Washington, Mobile, and Baldwin counties in southwest Alabama. The transaction will significantly increase the combined banks' market share in the Mobile area.
This report, from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, provides new insight into how and why immigrants that have entered the financial mainstream engage with their financial institution. The study analyzes product utilization, survey and interview data from a sample of immigrant members at seven credit unions around the United States.
This article from the American Banker examines the consolidation of the US banking industry and the decline of the number of individual FDIC-insured institutions amidst high regulatory costs. It argues for the rethinking of the regulatory approach to the community development financial sector.
This report from Freddie Mac reveals how and why an acute shortfall of affordable rental units is making life more challenging for millions of people nationwide. Although multifamily housing construction is back to historically average levels, the new units flowing into the overall rental supply are generally serving higher-income renters. Increasing rents, stagnant household incomes, and potential changes to the public subsidies have reduced the number of affordable, available units for low-income renters.
The National Council on Agricultural Life & Labor Research Fund (NCALL Loan Fund) is seeking an experienced Accounting Associate and an experienced Loan Officer. The Accounting Associate will lead the preparation of financial statements and other financial reports, create quarterly compliance reports and to assist with the preparation of various funding applications. The Loan Officer will oversee business development and the origination of community development loans in Delaware and throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. The NCALL Loan Fund is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Dover, DE and has served the Delmarva Peninsula since 1976. Applications are open until October 13th.
City First Foundation and City First Bank of DC is hosting their fourth annual Community Development Finance Conference on October 17 in Washington, DC. The day-long Conference will convene key community development stakeholders to build integrated solutions toward community prosperity for low to moderate-income communities. Topics of discussion will range from effective public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic partnership development to attracting investors to the impact economy.