Covid-19

CDBA Letter to SBA and Treasury on PPP Eligibility for CDFIs - May 14, 2020

CDBA CEO Jeannine Jacokes wrote to the Secretary Mnuchin of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Administrator Carranza of the Small Business Administration (SBA) urging the SBA to immediately promulgate revised Interim Final Rules and/or FAQs clearly affirming the eligibility of CDFIs to apply for PPP loans, given their qualification as small businesses or nonprofits under the CARES Act. Under the CARES Act, the great majority of CDFI banks qualify as small businesses. Likewise, their nonprofit counterparts are explicitly eligible as nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.

CDFI Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership on Economic Stimulus for CDFIs - May 5, 2020

Over 500 organizations signed onto a CDFI Coalition letter to House and Senate leadership urging that $1 billion in additional funding for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund be included in the next federal coronavirus recovery act. The letter notes that an additional appropriation for the CDFI Fund will provide CDFIs the tools they need to ensure patient, flexible capital reaches communities and businesses at the
greatest risk.

Joint Trades Letter to Administrator Carranza on E-tran Access Issues - April 29, 2020

CDBA joined other trade associations representing banks and credit union members in a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to share the continuing concerns about the loan submission process and ongoing E-Tran access issues for lenders participating in the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. The letter asks that the SBA continue its collaboration with the Treasury to provide timely and consistent guidance to financial institutions as they work to provide their communities with this critical assistance.

Center for Responsible Lending Coalition Letter to Treasury on Community Financial Institutions Funding in Paycheck Protection Program Expansion - April 27, 2020

CDBA joined a coalition of civil rights, faith, and community development organizations led by the Center for Responsible Lending in writing to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging that the Treasury direct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to designate that Community Financial institutions (CFIs) receive one-third of the $30 billion set aside for three groups of lenders—CFIs, small insured depository institutions, and credit unions—pursuant to H.R.

CDBA Letter to CDFI Fund on Certification Eligibility and the Paycheck Protection Program - April 23, 2020

In a letter to Jodie Harris, Director of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, CDBA CEO Jeannine Jacokes urged the CDFI Fund to ensure that all Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans originated by CDFI banks be considered to meet the "primary mission" and "target market" eligibility criteria for ongoing CDFI certification and compliance purposes.

CDBA Letter to Fed on Liquidity Facility Term Sheets - April 16, 2020

CDBA CEO Jeannine Jacokes wrote to Chairman Jerome Powell of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to submit comments and recommendations on the liquidity facilities released by the Board of Governors on April 9, 2020. The letter outlines comments and questions about the Federal Reserve's three liquidity facilities (PPP, Main Street New Loan and Main Street Expanded) that most directly address the liquidity of concerns of CDFI banks, with a focus on positioning Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) communities that are part of America's "Main Street" for long-term recovery.

Major Banking Trades Support $1 Billion in Economic Stimulus for CDFIs

Major banking trades, including the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA), American Bankers Association (ABA), Bank Policy Institute (BPI), Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), National Bankers Association (NBA), and National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL), are collectively urging Congress to appropriate $1 billion for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to aid in economic recovery in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

CDBA Letter to Department of the Treasury on Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity - April 3, 2020

CDBA CEO Jeannine Jacokes wrote to Secretary Steven Mnuchin of the U.S. Department of Treasury requesting additional consideration of the 1% interest rate introduced in the Interim Final Rule for the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a new program authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CDBA members have expressed concern that PPP is insufficiently responsive to the need for bank liquidity, an essential consideration for CDBA members and all small- or mid-size banks rising to meet the rush of borrowers.

CDBA Letter to CDFI Fund Requesting Extensions and Program Adjustments in Response to COVID-19 Crisis - March 30, 2020

CDBA CEO Jeannine Jacokes wrote to Jodie Harris, Director of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, requesting that the CDFI Fund undertake considerable relief measures to support CDFIs as they face unprecedented challenges through the course of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. The letter's requests include: extending deadlines without adverse consequence for CDFI banks submitting reporting and performance requirements, extending application deadlines, and allowing extended use periods and flexibility in how awarded funds are used.

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